It’s a wrap — already?

School hasn’t even started and already plastic skulls and candy corn are sneaking onto store shelves. Hallmark is taking orders for its collectible ornaments, and the folks from 3M are gearing up to give $10,000 to the country’s Most Gifted Wrapper.

If you can deftly wrap oddly shaped holiday gifts, you could win a three-day, three-night all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to compete in the Dec. 3 wrap-off. If you’re selected as the tops in technique and package appearance, you’ll head home with $10,000. For more details, visit and nominate yourself or your favorite pro or amateur wrapper. Deadline is Oct. 18.

If you want to practice wrapping, why not wrap up a few hostess gifts to keep on hand? Boxes of stationery or coasters make great presents, as do cute luggage tags or bath salts. I’d suggest attaching a sticky note to each wrapped gift to remind you what’s under the paper — especially if you’re regifting the box of stationery or bath salts someone else gave you!


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Professional organizer June Bell ( combats clutter and chaos with sage advice, tested techniques and good humor.
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