It’s tough to cut a straight line with scissors. Even with all my years of practice, when I cut wrapping paper to size, my line wavers or slopes off to one side. And sometimes the scissors catch and you get a little bit of jaggedness.
Of course, an imperfect line doesn’t make for a very nice finish. But there’s no need to go all anal and pull out a ruler and X-acto blade. Simply fold the edge of the paper to get a straight line.
It is a thousand times easier to fold a straight line than to cut one, and it adds a polish to gifts that makes them look more professional. You’ll want to use this folding trick on all edges when wrapping: the seam on the back of the box, as well as at each end.
Be sure to press down and run your fingers along the crease to get it nice and crisp. If you have trouble with this, try using a bone folder — a dull-edged tool that looks a bit like a letter opener — which you can find at most art supply and craft stores.
You can even get all artsy by featuring the folded edge on the front of your package, if you like.