When it comes to Christmas presents for the children usually they come with too much packaging that you cannot get off quick enough Christmas morning. When it is a difficult shape, however, they are much more eco-friendly and just leave you to figure out how you are going to manage. Unless you really do have elves wrap your presents you most likely end up like me – with bits of tape everywhere, stuck to furniture, tempted to bite it with your teeth, and the paper slipping out of your hand as you stretch just that little bit too far to reach round for it.
So when I received an e-mail asking me whether I’d be interested in reviewing some tape to help with difficult to wrap presents I jumped at the chance. I had already started my children’s Christmas wrapping and knew exactly which item would be trying it out – the Skylanders bubble bath!
The Scotch Pop-Up Tape Handband dispenser first appealed to me because it was pink – and you would be right in getting the idea that I like pink – but this has nothing to do with the product it just appealed to me – especially as I was going to be wearing it on my wrist (and for a fair while if I were to wrap all my presents with it. The second and more importantly, was the fact that there were very clear visual instructions on the back of the packet – even though really it was straight forward and obvious. I don’t mean this in a negative way at all it was very reassuring to know that I was doing it ‘right’.
The one negative thing I will say, however, is that the band did slip a little, it would be nice if there was a way to tighten it, but this did not prevent me for using the product correctly. I does also state that it could be worn over the knuckles so maybe that would have been better for me. So here I am one-handed holding my parcel, taking a photo with the other. Then I simply pulled a little tape from the dispenser – simple as that. They were just the right length pieces for wrapping presents and came out no problem at all. Because it was right there on my wrist I did not have to pre-cut pieces (usually ending up getting lost on said furniture or ending up with too many), and no reaching around, dropping paper to get it.
I am so surprised at how much I love this product – when in reality it is just tape – but it really was revolutionary. I have started my shopping now because my children, quite frankly, are spoilt. I have been to toy sales, and hunted bargains down so that they can have lots of presents, thus lots of wrapping. Believe you me I know what I’m talking about when it comes to wrapping presents.
If you are interested to know I do not label the presents but instead each of the four children has a different wrapping paper, so they will not know which paper is for them until they are told. We buy and wrap the presents, then send them to Father Christmas who decides if you have been good enough to receive them or not.
I found an offer for the Scotch Pop-up Tape Strips and Dispenser 2 for £3.50 at Tesco until 27th December 2013.
You may also be interested in my previous review of the Scotch Magic Tape Dispenser Ralph Dog.
I received a free Scotch Pop-Up Tape Handband dispenser in order to review it. No other compensation has been given and all thoughts and opinions are my own.