The holiday season can feel like a non-stop assembly line of wrapping present after present for our loved ones, right? Sure, we want to show them how much we care with a thoughtful gift, but why does it have to fight against us so often before we can get them under the tree?
If it’s not the tape getting tangled up, it’s the wrapping paper leaving you hanging. We’ve all had that infuriating moment of realizing we didn’t measure out quite enough to fully wrap around our item. Before you ball it up and start all over again, or add an awkward-looking extra strip of paper to fill in the gaps, there’s a chance you could be able to salvage the whole thing with a simple twist of perspective.
Waterstones, a popular bookstore in the United Kingdom, recently shared the genius trick on their Twitter account and, honestly, it is blowing our minds. Take a look:
Did we just watch actual magic? There’s obviously a mathematical reason behind it, but we can’t help but feel like there’s some sorcery involved, too. We’re also suddenly flashing back to all the times we’ve frustratingly shoved wrapping paper into the trash after making this common mistake over and over again.
Of course, there is the chance you’ll come across an item that isn’t quite the right shape or dimensions to make this trick work, but we just bet it will still save you from at least a few holiday headaches. We also wouldn’t judge anyone for giving up or avoiding the problem entirely by stuffing all of their gifts into bags instead. After all, it really is the thought that counts.