I don’t have proof or anything, but I suspect that some people are born with a natural ability to wrap gifts.

I am not one of them; unless I really take my time with it, my gifts look like an eight year old got to run wild in the craft room (because bows and glitter tape totally make up for the mess, right?). Whenever possible, I’ll enlist the help of a friend to do it for me. Failing that (if it’s something important and I don’t have the time to dedicate to it), I’ll use a gift wrapping service.

But nothing I’ve even paid for has ever come close to the magic that is having your gifts wrapped at Takashimaya – A Japanese department store that apparently has some sort of gift wrapping ninja skill training. In this 28-second video, two gifts are wrapped and only three pieces of tape are used on each. Granted, they’re boxes being wrapped in a rectangle, but you’ve still got to admit that it’s pretty impressive.

I tried it myself – and again, I really have to pay attention to what I’m doing – but it takes me much longer than 15 seconds. I think that I’ll just stick to my existing system.

But if you’d like to try it yourself, there’s a tutorial for that.

YouTube user BeatTheBush mastered the technique too and broke it down in a step-by-step tutorial for anyone that’s interested in saving time with an easy gift wrapping method. If you can make three pretty folds and you have the time to practice, you can probably become a pro at this fancy and fast gift wrapping system too.

What’s your main gift wrapping method now? Do you think that switching to the one above would save you time? If you do decide to give it a go, please let us know how it went below.

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