With Christmas less than two weeks away, we’d like to take the opportunity to endorse the vanishing art of the hand-wrapped gift. Whether you’re giving your boss a bottle of wine or your beloved a hand knit sweater, presentation is key. Who doesn’t feel a thrill of anticipation upon being handed a crisply papered box topped with a big satin bow? Whatever’s inside seems doubly wonderful when it’s lovingly wrapped. (Stuffing something into one of those holiday-themed gift bags, on the other hand, is like telling someone you’re only giving them a present because you feel obligated to.)
We were pondering all this when we came across these whimsical rolls of rice paper masking tape from Kamoi Kakoshi, a 90-year-old Japanese firm. The tape was originally intended for use on construction sites, but at the request of their customers—including a devoted trio who journeyed all the way from Tokyo to tour the factory—Kamoi Kakoshi began producing more colors. We’ve found “mt” – masking tape to be the perfect finish for adorning presents. But it’s also fabulous for sticking stuff to your fridge, decorating notes and pasting mementoes into scrapbooks. It’s easy to tear and reposition, you can write on it, and it won’t harm surfaces. Basically, “mt” tape will make your life not only better but better looking—and we’re all about that. We’re offering three selections: an eight-pack adorned with Christmassy motifs like angels, Santas and reindeer, a 10-pack of elegant dark colors, and a 10-pack of lighter, brighter shades. And, as a little extra treat, we picked out a sleek and clever magnetic tape dispenser that we’re selling separately. It comes in walnut or birch and fits all standard sized tapes. Let the wrapping begin.