A video filmed in a Japanese department store has gone viral, showing frustrated holiday gifters how to wrap their presents in an astonishingly short period of time.
The wrapping technique is incredibly simple and fast, using only a sheet of paper and two pieces of tape. According to the Daily Mail, video of the gift wrapping method was filmed in Tokyo’s Takashimaya Department Store, then uploaded to YouTube by user Todd Tripp on Tuesday. The video quickly went viral amid the holiday season, viewed by over three million gift wrappers in just three days.
Though the clip is just 28 seconds long, it depicts the clerk wrapping two gifts quickly and efficiently in that time span. The required motions look incredibly simple, yet commenters were quick to point out that the clerk had certain advantages, like pre-cut paper and a perfectly rectangular gift, according to CTV News. The wrapping technique is almost certain to be less effective, or downright impossible, when employed on gifts that do not have straight edges, or are shaped unconventionally.
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The key to the technique is placing the gift diagonally along one corner of the wrapping paper. After folding paper over the side and one end, the box is then rolled until two corners are covered, before the first piece of tape is applied. With only two corners of the paper left, each are then folded into the existing triangle and against the gift. A piece of tape holds the last flap in place, ensuring the paper remains tight.
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Recently, a shopper in a Walgreens store noted blue and silver gift wrap containing a highly offensive design, as several of the lines on the paper came together to form a swastika. As the Inquisitr previously reported, the gift wrap had been manufactured by Hallmark, and though it was intended for holiday use, was not specifically marketed for Hanukkah. After the shopper recognized the offensive design in the wrapping paper, she notified the store manager, who alerted the company’s corporate headquarters. The gift wrap has since been removed from stores, and the company has instituted a policy designed to prevent any from being inadvertently sold.
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Though it may be limited in its applications, the technique in Tripp’s video should allow anyone to wrap their gifts far more effectively this holiday season.
[Image: Todd Tripp via the Daily Mail]