Gift Wrapping

Gift wrapping is a chore that a lot of people will be happy to let you carry out for them in return for a donation to your charity.

Starting a Gift Wrapping Fundraiser

If you can recruit a few helpers for your gift-wrapping event, you may not have to spend any money at all to get all the materials you need together. Everyone has sticky tape, scissors and gift tags somewhere in their house. It’s probably worth buying brand-new wrapping paper, however, as nobody will appreciate seeing the present they’ve just bought wrapped in battered, dog-eared paper!

It’s definitely worth practising wrapping items of various shapes and sizes before you wrap people’s gifts for real.

Where to Wrap

Finding a suitable location to offer your gift-wrapping service is all-important. Large toy stores and craft markets are examples of good choices, especially in the run-up to Christmas.

If a store that’s part of a large chain agrees to let you offer to gift-wrap purchases on its premises, it may be willing to donate materials and decorations such as balloons to help to draw attention to your fundraiser.

Make sure you position yourself close to where people pay for the purchases as this is where people are more likely to decide to use you.

If you can, spread your gift-wrapping fundraiser across several days. That way, people who are in a hurry but would like you to wrap their items can return when they have more time. It makes sense to take flyers advertising where and when you’ll be wrapping gifts to each event too, so people can plan accordingly.