I’m not really sure where this year went, but Christmas will be here soon. I’ve started getting ready early this year. December always flies by, so I’m taking advantage of November while I can. One thing I have started doing since the kids are getting older, is making sure they are involved in giving back. We are active in the military and veteran communities and come across a lot of veterans that aren’t in the best shape. They’ve either been injured, physically or mentally, or are just not in a good place in their lives. The husband does a lot to help his fellow veterans and I wanted to make sure to get the kids in on it too.
We decided we would wrap up little care packages that can be given to just about anyone. The military hospital treats a lot of injured military here and in many cases, their families are relocated here. The Fisher House helps provide a place to stay for them and their families, free of charge, while they are recovering. I figured between the hospital, the toys the kids pick out for Toys 4 Tots, and a couple non-profits that the husband works with, we’ll reach some people.
The kids were a huge help in deciding what to put in our packages. Since we don’t know these people, we went with snacks, toiletries, books, magazines, and gift cards. They helped pick everything out at Walmart, including what to wrap the boxes with. They picked out wrapping paper and ribbon and I made sure to pick up a Scotch® Gift Wrap Tape 3 Pack Caddie and Scotch™ Multi-Purpose Scissor 8”. If you stock up on Scotch® Brand wrapping products early, you’ll save with a Rollback. Then there was just the matter of teaching them how to wrap presents. Wrap. Give. Repeat!
- Lay your box or item out on the wrapping paper. If it is a box, I like to use Scotch® Tape to hold it shut. Don’t put the box in the middle of the paper, but more towards a corner, leaving a few inches on each side. If you put it in the middle of the paper, you’ll end up wasting a lot.
- Take the end ofthe wrapping paper and pull it over the box, towards the roll itself.
- Keep pulling, moving the box along the way if necessary, until the paper has covered the box with a few inches to spare. Now you know where to cut and how much you’ll need to cover the box
- Cut the wrapping paper along the roll using the Scotch™ Multi-Purpose Scissor 8″.
- Stop a few inches past the box and turn to cut the other direction.
- Once it is all cut, Scotch® Tape the side that is already covering the box. Make sure to tape it on the bottom. Then pull up the other side and tape it on the bottom as well. Pull the paper snug so it’s a tight wrap. The ends should only be open now.
- The paper should look like the #1 image above.
- Fold the top part down and form the sides into triangles. I like to make creases and keep things sharp and neat.
- Fold one of the side triangles in, forming a crease along the bottom of the box.
- Then fold the other side in. You should be left with a new triangle on your table.
- Fold that triangle up and tape the end using Scotch® Tape.
My daughter liked the ribbons the best. I’m not great with ribbons, so I suggest watching videos on YouTube for tutorials. I did teach her how to curl the ribbon using her Scotch™ Multi-Purpose Scissor 8″, which she thought was the neatest trick ever! Her ribbons involved lots of Scotch® Tape, but that’s ok. I don’t think whoever gets her gift will mind.
Scotch® Brand is giving back this holiday season by donating $200,000 to Fisher House. How do you plan on giving back?