Do you ever feel like you’ve gotten into a bit of a rut with your gift-giving strategy. You’ve got a few important people in your life that you know well enough to choose the perfect present for them every time. You know your sister loves shoes and that your girlfriend will always appreciate a scented candle, which means that you often go through the same experience every time.
Although there’s nothing wrong with giving a gift that you know the other person will love over and over again, it can start to get a little boring. The last thing you want is to be deemed “predictable”. So, what can you do if you don’t want to disappoint someone with a different gift, but you want to change things up a little? Why not transform your wrapping strategy instead?
The Beauty of Furoshiki Gift Wrapping
Furoshiki is something that not a lot of people know about, but it can be an excellent way to take your wrapping to the next level. With Furoshiki, you’re essentially giving two or three gifts in one – if you know how to do it right. Furoshiki is a Japanese style of gift wrapping that uses fabric instead of paper – it’s becoming very popular in a lot of cultures today because it’s so environmentally friendly.
With this kind of wrapping, you take a piece of patterned material, and wrap the product in that instead of paper or bags. You knot the fabric in all the right places to enclose the item within and hide it away, and there’s no need for any additional tape, ribbon, or package. The bonus is that your friend or loved one gets to re-use that elegant and decorative fabric when they unwrap the present.
The key to good Furoshiki wrapping is making sure that you choose an elegant design your friend or loved one will want to use again. Once you’ve found the ideal fabric that someone can remake into a scarf or a sash later, you can use it to wrap all kinds of products. Because fabric is super flexible, you’re not going to have the same struggle with things like wrapping wine bottles.
Where Did this Practice Come from?
A lot of people believe that this gift-wrapping practice actually dates back thousands of years. It makes sense when you know that Japanese people use cloth and fabric to carry items around in the outdoors. Public baths also used to be a common place to see this kind of wrapping, because people would often bring cloth to wrap up their slippers and soaps.
The cool thing about this kind of wrapping is that it can become a time-honored tradition in the lives of you and your friend. You could even choose an extra durable piece of fabric and pass it back and forth between you every time you exchange a new gift. Alternatively, you can choose to let the other person keep the material and use it in any way that they choose.
All you really need to get started with this wrapping method is a great gift, a bit of creativity, and the right piece of fabric. One thing to keep in mind is that tradition dictates the cloth you choose should be square, and it’s best to use a reversible pattern, as this will ensure your gift looks great from all angles.
Updating Your Wrapping Technique
To improve your wrapping technique with Furoshiki, make sure that you choose a piece of fabric that’s thick enough to hold the contents safely, but not so thick that it’s going to be difficult for you to tie and untie. You should also look into the folding styles that are available by checking out some videos online.
Aside from making the whole wrapping and unwrapping experience more special for you and your loved one, this style of wrapping also has a bunch of other benefits too. It’s environmentally friendly, because you’re not throwing away tons of paper and bags every year. Additionally, this is a great way to reflect the idea that the value of the gift isn’t always as important as the act of simply giving something in the first place – a common idea in Japan.
If you want to bring more meaning to your gift-giving routine, then Furoshiki could be a great way to do just that. Make sure you explain the meaning of the wrapping to the person you share it with though!