Not being a natural Nigella, I had long ago given up and reverted to gift bags so when the team at John Lewis offered to share their tips for exquisitely wrapped gifts, I couldn’t say no.
And they should know. The store gets through a KILOMETRE of gift wrap a year, mostly in the run up to Christmas.
“The secret is double-sided tape,” expert Liz Baillie whispered conspiratorially. “When we tell people, it’s like a revelation.”
At home, the biggest challenge comes when faced with wrapping a lumpy jumper or an awkward antique. But at John Lewis, customer can have a free box for store purchases so I’m given a nice and simple shape to start off with.
Liz then showed me how to fold either end of the luxurious gold paper before topping it off with a beautiful piece of red ribbon.
Although it’s clear which gift belongs to the master, I was immensely proud of my professional- looking pressie, barely recognisable from the usual sticky tape covered disaster and will be using my new found skills this Christmas.
Of course, if that all sounds too much, you can get just Liz to do it for you at £3 a present on John Lewis purchases.
For more ideas, visit the store in Touchwood, Solihull.
HANNAH JENNINGS PARRY