Trib tested: Scotch brand Gift Wrap Cutter
The claim: Scotch brand has introduced the Gift Wrap Cutter -- with built-in ribbon curler -- to help little elves get presents wrapped more simply. It's safer and faster than scissors for easy, clean, straight cuts. The blade is protected, designed for safety, and made from precision-ground stainless steel. The compact and portable cutter also can be used to cut coupons or recipes.
Cost: $2.99, $3.99 for a two-pack
Where: Supermarkets and mass-merchandise discount stores
Ever since I was in kindergarten, cutting has not been my strong suit. I've never been one to cut a straight line, and while my family loves the Christmas gifts I give them, they hate wrapping after me -- the rolls of paper constantly are decimated, with jagged edges left in my wake. Enter Scotch brand Gift Wrap Cutter. The product claims to get presents wrapped more simply, safely and faster. With 20-plus gifts to wrap, I sat down with the tool, which resembles the handle on a ladies' razor. Three hours and many straight edges later, the most hated chore of the holiday season was complete. Heavy paper or thin, the cutter was easy to maneuver so long as I was cutting on a hard surface. Thanks to the cutter, I had few scraps left over, as I was able to efficiently cut the length of paper I needed. It's ribbon-curling function worked well, and, unlike years past, yielded only beautiful packages sans blood and tears. However, the cutter is not recommended for trimming tissue paper, as a few inches in, it shreds the paper. For the first time in years, my leftover wrapping paper does not look like the Grinch came along and chewed it up.
-- Daveen Kurutz
Most people don't share my Martha-like tendencies when it comes to perfect corners, taut folds and tape placement, but I spend so much time decorating and prepping for Christmas that a stick-on-bow or bag under my tree just doesn't do the gift justice. As an avid gift wrapper and elaborate bow-tier, I usually set aside an afternoon to wrap when I can spread out and make my mess of paper scraps and ribbon remnants -- all discarded because I originally cut a tad too much. With this new paper cutter from Scotch, well, Ms. Stewart would be pleased. Better than a single blade, the cutter holds paper right where you want it, letting you zip straight across the roll -- no more scissors dull spots to catch and rip paper -- and this tool cuts curves with ease. It was so much fun to use that I found myself looking for things to cut! The handle has a ridge built into the underside, perfect for curling tight ribbon spirals. The only thing it didn't cut was satin ribbon, but the guarded blade charged right through construction paper -- safe for your kids to borrow. My pretty packages will be waiting beneath the twinkle lights a little longer this year, as only a few days into December, they're all wrapped and ready to go!
-- Caroline Hirt
How easy. How safe. How convenient. How perfect! Scotch has found a way to make gift-wrapping enjoyable for anyone who hates all of the squeezing and cutting needed with scissors. Let's face it; after spending hundreds of dollars on gifts, who wants to spend a small fortune on wrapping paper, too• I'm all for the cheapest paper I can find, which usually is from a dollar store or an after-the-holiday sale at another discount store. All of this usually means that the paper isn't of the highest quality and takes a little more effort to cut. Not so with the new Gift Wrap Cutter. The enclosed "exacto-knife" blade did a wonderful job cutting my most difficult paper. No bunching of the paper; no pinching my fingers in the scissors; no moments of frustration ending in gift bags for all! While I don't put ribbons on my Christmas gifts, I did try the built-in ribbon curler, and it work beautifully -- perfect curls every time. A bonus to this item not included in the description is that children can use them. My 5- and 3-year-old kids were thrilled to be allowed to cut out their holiday shapes to decorate the window. It was easier than their safety scissors for them to use and actually worked better around the corners of stars and little Christmas trees. The blade is completely enclosed, keeping it safe for even my young children. There is no chance of little fingers getting near the sharp edge. How wonderful!
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