Gift wrapping tips from a pro

Posted: Updated:

 PHOENIX -- For some people, shopping for holiday gifts is easy. Wrapping those gifts, however, is another story altogether.

While Scott Pasmore is one of those people, that's not the case for Valley resident Melissa Montoya. She was one of the top eight competitors at the Scotch® Most Gifted Wrapper competition at Rockefeller Center in New York over the weekend.

While Montoya, a costume coordinator at Arizona State University in the School of Theatre and Film, and the other professional and amateur wrappers had to tackle odd-shaped things like lawn chairs and bubblegum machines, we thought we'd keep it easy when she stopped by 3TV Wednesday morning to share her skills with Pasmore.

"I started out wrapping boxes. Now I wrap human beings," she said before the competition.

According to Montoya, having the right tools is essential when wrapping gifts. She suggests a pop-up tape dispenser and a wrapping-paper cutter.

"When you wrap something, you're telling people you care about them," Montoya said. "You're imparting love with your hands into that gift."

Montoya told Pasmore that you shouldn't stress over gift wrapping and you certainly should not be intimidated by the bow.