Meet Jane Means - The Gift Wrapping Guru
Meet Jane Means - the gift wrapping guru! Jane has over 20 years experience providing gift wrapping services and courses around the globe. Now a specialist and advisor for many brands including Dior, Jo Malone, Aqua di Parma and Harrods, she has trained staff at Fortnum and Mason, Dior and even the Royal Household.
We caught up with Jane for a short Q & A to find out her top tips for gift wrapping.
1. What inspired you to get into gift wrapping and become a gift wrapping guru?
I have always loved good presentation especially gift wrapping and saw a huge gap in the market back in the 1990's. I had a head full of ideas from travelling as a child and decided to run workshops after gaining my teaching qualification. Everyone thought my idea would fail but I was determined to prove them wrong.
After five years I nearly gave up but luckily the drive and motivation kept me going and I now have a dream job after 25 years of hard work.
2. What’s the most difficult item you’ve ever had to wrap?
One of the most difficult items I ever had to wrap was a childs rocking horse. Not only was it an awkward shape but I was asked to wrap it in front of an audience at the Country Living Fair as a surprise. Luckily I had suitable materials and a keen audience to help!
3. When is it best to use a gift bag and how to do you present a gift inside?
Gift bags are ideal for disguising awkward shapes. They are very eco-friendly as they are often reused over and over again. Gifts can easily be disguised with some tissue which you could also spritz with a festive room fragrance to add another dimension.
4. What are 5 top tips for perfect gift wrapping?
Tip 1: When wrapping a box use double sided tape as it will give a professional finish and seamless look. Ensure you don’t have too much excess paper as it will be more difficult to wrap
Tip 2: For awkward shapes choose a flexible wrapping such as fabric, tissue or cellophane as it will mould around the shape easier than paper.
Tip 3: For extra large gifts, wrap them in a mundane paper such as brown packing paper. Add a strip of decorative paper on top and tie with ribbon. This will make an inexpensive eye-catching feature and insures that the ribbon doesn’t look lost on a large size item.
Tip 4: Ensure that you write your tags first and placed them on top of the gifts that you are wrapping as there is nothing more annoying when you have wrapped several gifts and can’t remember who they are for!
Tip 5: Add finishing touches to your gifts including fresh foliage, baubles, feathers and recycled Christmas decorations.
5. What are your 5 favourite gifts to give from the Sara Miller London collection?
It’s so difficult to decide as I love everything! But my favourite gift would be stationery. I love the Sara Miller London notebooks and journals.