What if there was a way to get an absolutely stunningly-wrapped parcel, that made the recipient gasp, that didn’t involve either Sellotape or scissors – and that took just seconds?
Well, thanks to the Japanese, there is. Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths, made of fabric, used for centuries to wrap gifts. Now they’ve been given a revamp – available in lovely modern prints, they’re good-sized squares of material that you wrap around a present and tie with a knot. They not only look cool, but can be used as anything from a scarf to a sarong afterwards, so they’re a gift in themselves.
You can buy them for £2.50-£4 each from www.ethicalcommunity.com; £3.99 from www.hunkydoryhome.com; £3.75 from www.clothkits.co.uk or for the best selection, visit www.evergreenwrap.com. There they’re £3.99 and come printed with hummingbirds, safari animals, soldiers, dresses, or London buses. There are also written, picture and video instructions on how to wrap almost anything.