We love getting gifts. We hate giving them. Actually no. We just hate dressing them up and making sure they look good enough to be presented. And while we’re perfectly happy to receive our gifts undressed (the gifts, not us) without the bother of ripping off ribbons and wrapping paper and getting into a royal Scotch-tapey mess, plenty of people, we’re told, get their kicks from doing exactly that.
But if you think you’re one of our tribe, worry not! We thought of all the gifts that give us the heebie-jeebies when it comes to wrapping them up – a bottle of wine (and putting a red ribbon around it is oh so old-school!), a homemade cake (always looks plain, doesn’t it?) and dry fruits (always has us stumped) – and asked Shalini Beriwal to help us out.
Mrs. Beriwal, you will be happy to know, is a professional gift wrapper (yes, she actually makes money out of wrapping people’s gifts up for them!) and also runs an institute – a whole, damn institute – called the Magnificence Academy of Packaging Professionals (MAPP) in New Delhi that trains people to, er, pack. “Some of the crazier things I have packed for people are naughty lingerie and one crore rupees in cash,” laughs Beriwal (so dry fruits, wine and cake are, well, a piece of cake). Which means that you are in good hands.
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From HT Brunch, October 23
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