Holiday hacks to help wrap your presents

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV)-- Brown paper packages tied up with strings might be a few of your favorite things, but packaging up your presents isn't always as simple as it seems.

"If you have something that is an unusual shape that you want to wrap, just stick it in a gift bag. I like to use the wrapping. I think it's a little more interactive when they can unwrap their own presents," said Rose Sterling.

To ease the holiday stress, volunteers with the United Way of Harrison County are wrapping your gifts while raising money.

"They will come in and they will have no idea what they want to do or what kind of paper they want. We let them pick it out. This morning we had a little girl with her father who was shopping and we let her pick out the wrapping paper and the bow and what she wanted to say on it to her mom," said Donna DeMarco.

Make sure you have all of your supplies on hand, including paper, tape, ribbons, and bows. If you are trying to save some money and get creative this year, try using newspapers or brown kraft paper and then add your own designs.

'It depends on who it is for. If it is for a child I like to decorate it a little bit more for that child to make it more personal for them," said Sterling.

You can also easily add a personal touch, no matter the shape or size.

"It's not exactly how it is wrapped, it's who it is coming from and the time they took out to wrap it," said DeMarco.

If you have leftover scraps of wrapping paper you can also use those to make bows or create name tags.

The wrapping station at the Meadowbrook Mall will be open until Christmas Eve during mall hours. Volunteers suggest a two dollar donation, but they will accept anything.

Last year, the wrapping station raised nearly $7,000 and the United Way is hoping to reach $10,000 this year.