How to use math to wrap perfect presents


Math makes wrapping presents easy.
Math makes wrapping presents easy.
Photo: Katie Steckles

Wrapping Christmas presents takes talent. A talent I do not have.

Most of my wrappings look more like a crumpled mess of paper instead of perfect parcels fit for a king. Turns out I’ve been doing it all wrong by not including a very necessary ingredient in my wrapping repertoire: math.

Mathematician Katie Steckles published a brilliant explainer video today for the gift wrapping challenged among us that details some mathematical ways to ensure every present you wrap is absolutely perfect, no matter what shape and size it comes in.

Check it out: