My parents first introduced me to the Scotch tape strip wristband a few years ago when it was first available. They said that they'd found wrapping much easier with this gadget. I have to say that I agree and it's also a regular feature in our home too now.
Reason For Buying
I love wrapping presents, it's one of my favourite parts of Christmas because it really gets me in the festive mood. What I don't like though is tussling with the tape, struggling to find the end of the roll, finally doing so and ending up with pieces all jagged where I've tried to rip it quickly. Then, the nice little wrapping I've folded neatly has unraveled because it's taken so long to get the tape! We have the band in the picture (in purple) and also another one in green and they both work in exactly the same way. The latest one I bought around two months ago cost £3 from WHSmith. It is also an option to buy refills for the wristband, those cost £3.50 for a pack of three refills.
It's a no mess dispenser. It fits onto the wrist via a piece of elastic fabric and the dispenser part lies on the top of the wrist. The elastic makes it easily adaptable to any wrist - my wrists are quite slim and it fits perfectly but it just expands to fit larger wrists. From the dispenser, small pieces of sticky tape are pulled using the other hand and can then be easily applied to wherever you like. The great thing is that both hands are completely free so you can keep pieces of wrapping fastened down with one hand while you take a piece of tape with the other. The other great thing is that when a piece is taken, the following one pops up ready for next time - there is no fiddling to get the pieces, they're readily available when you need them. The pieces of tape are quite silky to touch, they aren't as transparent as normal Sellotape is either but that's not something that bothers me.
Each piece of tape is around 3cm long and all have perfect edges so that there are no unslightly and really jagged 'teeth ripped' edges left on the wrapping of my lovely presents! They look very neat and tidy. I find that for a typical game type present (eg a board game) I'd use around 8 pieces of tape from this - a few along the middle section and then a couple at either end. The seal created is great and feels pretty firm. I've never known the wrapping come away from the present until it's recipient is opening it!
The only downside to the wrapping is that they do slightly take away from the whole ripping a present open to shreds. Although the tape seals perfectly well and does a great job, it is slightly easier to undo than when stuck down with sticky tape from a roll. This means that when opening presents there's a little less ripping and more undoing by peeling back the sticky pieces if that makes sense. I think I might use Sellotape for my daughter's presents when she's old enough to open themselves, just for the added excitement and the ripping open quickly to get to the contents!
The other downside generally is it's cost. They are great to use and are very handy but they could be considered an expensive luxury. I tend to use these for the majority of presents but do also still use Sellotape too. There are 75 pieces per band (and 75 pieces in each refill) and as I said, I use around 8 per average sized present. That works out to being just over 9 presents from the one wristband before it needs replacing. I could wrap a lot more presents from a normal roll of tape but I do think the convenience of these slightly outweighs the cost because it does make the job far easier.
I've rated the Scotch wristband 4 stars, taking one off for the cost. The ripping of paper is just a personal thing I think. It's a great item that makes a long job much easier and makes presents look tidy once wrapped. I'll definitely be using mine again coming Christmas, although I will be using Sellotape too for some just to keep costs down a little.
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To be honest I love, love, love wrapping presents, christmas, birthdays it doesn't matter I just love making them look pretty and gorgeous, even to the point my family bring in christmas presents for me to wrap. I do draw the line at wrapping my own though!
Anyway I bought this to aid me in wrapping pleasure along with the cutter thing in a double pack effort at Christmas for around a fiver- bit expensive I know. It included a couple of strips with 75 on each but the refills are aobut £2.50 for 3.
Its a lovely colour for a start, its very easy to use you just slip it onto the back of your hand and you can tighten and loosen with the strap itself. You can use it on your knuckles or wrist too, thus leaving both hands free to wrap! It holds the tape and you just pull the strip you need no cutting or anything like that. It is very easy to refill you just slide the door to one side pop in the refill and slide it back all done! The tape sticks through a hole in the top.
It is such a simple thing but it makes such a difference, plus if you are as fussy as me about wrapping presents you will find that all the strips are cut to the same length which looks good too, plus its more satin than shiny like traditional sellotape.
Should this one break I would buy another one- to me that is the best compliment I can give it.
When I am wrapping a lot of presents I cannot be without my Scotch Tape dispenser which is made by the company 3M.
It is a very handy tool to have and saves a great deal of time messing about with standard sellotape. I know from experience I can never find the ends and also it is a right pain having to cut the tape up. With this dispenser the tape refills come pre-cut and with the dispenser you get one tape pad which contains 75 individual strips of the tape.
The tape dispenser comes with an elastic band that you slip over your wrist, knuckles or fingers. Personally I prefer to have it around my wrist as this is the most comfortable position for me. The tape can then be dispensed using one hand simply by pulling the strip. The dispenser itself costs around £2 and you can find them in supermarkets and stationary shops. The refill strips can vary in price but are approx £2.49 for 3 of the refills.
I find this simple device an invaluable at Christmas time when there are many of presents that need to be wrapped. The dispenser helps to speed up the wrapping process. The wrapping also looks neater as the tape is cut to equal lengths. Plus you have 2 hands to make the hold the wrapping paper firmly. The tape that comes with the dispenser is very nice. It has a satin sheen that blends in nicely with the wrapping paper. It is very easy to pull a strip from the dispenser as the end sticks up through the hole on the top of the dispenser.
The dispenser is very easy to refill you just slide open the door and insert a new tape pad. Then you close the door and you are ready to go. I have just purchased a new one as I lost my old one and they do it in 2 colours now. A dark blue and a turquoise blue. So don't struggle this year try one of these. I love mine.
Every week I have several parcels to wrap, we have a design company and all our clients finished work is wrapped for delivery. I always like it to look professionally packaged and my attempts with rolls of sellotape, double sided tape and any other type of tape that I can find, usually end in a disaster with tape stuck to me, to the parcel, the carpet, the cat etc. Tape is cut or ripped in all different, uneven sizes. Then I found these little gems, Scotch Tape Strips, they even come with their own dispenser, youve guessed it, the Scotch Tape Strip Dispenser
dont buy the strips without the dispenser because that just doesnt work!!
The dispenser is an plastic oblong, about the size of a cigarette lighter, attached to an elasticated strip that fits on your wrist or across the back of your hand. It contains a pack of strips of scotch tape each measuring 19mm x 50mm, perfect size for small parcels.
There is no cutting involved, the tape is already layered into the dispenser and comes off one strip at a time, you just pull and it releases. All the strips are the same size and have a nice clear, clean look, great on white or metallic paper as there are no grubby edges or strangely cut shapes.
This little object is a godsend when wrapping parcels, you dont need to pre-cut lengths of tape or have it all stuck to the table ready to pull off when you need it. It is so easy to use. Although the strips are quite small, several used together easily keep a large parcel from falling apart. It is an absolute necessity at Christmas and Birthdays when you have lots of gifts to wrap, it means you can sit at a table and wrap (I used to be all over the floor, losing the scissors, tape etc).
You can also buy refill strips, these come in packs of three, each one being 75 strips. These are easily loaded into the dispenser and ready to use.
I paid 2.95 for the dispenser and one extra pack of strips and 2.49 for the replacement pack. It is a good bit more expensive than sellotape but the time that it saves is worth the extra. You can buy the dispenser and the refill at most good stationery shops and many other outlets such as card shops. I now have very professional looking packages and dont end up being wrapped in sticky tape. Ok, you do miss the fun of seeing the cat running around trying to get the tape off its paw but it can always play with the packaging instead.
I would definitely recommend the Scotch Tape Strip Dispenser, it has saved me many many frustrating hours of wrapping.
I love the idea of wrapping Christmas presents in my head but when the reality strikes and I have a mountain of toys to be wrapped as quickly as possible while the kids are asleep or out then it is another matter. I used to end up with such a back ache trying to hold wrapping paper in place while finding the elusive end of the cellotape, then pulling a bit off and biting it with my teeth as I didnt have enough hands to cut it with scissors! Well you get the idea anyway!
While doing the weekly shop at Sainsburys I noticed the Scotch Tape Strip Dispenser and knew it was something I would have to try out.
~~WHAT DO YOU GET~~
This is a very simple idea to be honest, and one that has proved to be extremely helpful to me last Christmas and the present year as well. It is basically a small oblong container that houses the strips of pre-cut tape. Attached to the container is a material elastic band that slips over the width of your hand and four fingers but not your thumb. This keeps the container secured to your hand.
You simply slide open one of the sections of the container and pop in a small pack of tape strips and close it behind them. The first section of tape slides up between the two panels on top of the container and you can pull out each strip, similar in design to a box of tissues.
~~DOES IT WORK~~
I have to give this a whole-hearted thumbs up! It was a revelation when it came to present wrapping and I found it so much easier to wrap last year that it honestly took half the time to do.
The tape strips pull easily out of the holder and are just long enough to be perfect for sealing the wrapping paper down. The ends of each strip are neat and you dont get the rough look of normal cellotape having been bitten in order to get it off the roll.
The tape itself is made from a substance called Satin Tape and it certainly looks nicer on presents than normal cellotape, which has a slight yellow tinge to it. The satin tape disappears on most paper and gives a more professional, neat and overall pleasing finish to the present you are wrapping.
I have one small niggle with this product and that is the size of the band that goes over your hand. It has been designed to go over either your hand or your wrist but I find it doesnt feel comfortable on my wrist and is not as stable as when it is positioned on the hand, however when I place it on my hand it is very tight. Unfortunately it has no adjustment tool to it and it is meant to be one size fits all. I think if a man or woman were to be doing the wrapping, who had large hands this would become too uncomfortable for them. While this is great for stability while pulling out the strips, after about 20 minutes it makes my hand really ache because the blood is stopped from flowing freely.
However this is certainly overcome in my opinion by the fantastic help it gives me when wrapping presents for all the family. It means if I have a long stint of wrapping to do I have to take it off every 20 minutes or so and flex my hand for a short while to get the blood flowing again but to be honest I wrap in stages which gives me the chance to wrap continuously for half an hour or so and then leave it for another day.
I got mine in Sainsburys for the grand sum of £2.49, which included a free refill pack, and I purchased a packet of three refill strips for £1.89 to go with it. This is not bad value for money although it can be found cheaper in places like Rymans the Stationers. The refill tape strip packs come in sets of three, with each pack containing 75 strips, which should be enough for roughly 20 or so presents and to me this is great value.
I would not do Christmas without my Scotch Tape Dispenser now, even if it does cut off my blood supply.