And so this year we’ve teamed up with Mumsnet in a search for fun and creative gift wrappers aged 4-12 years old to show off their gift wrapping skills on camera. Our judges will be looking for bundles of personality and charm, unique and inspiring ideas and an easy-to-follow demonstration.
The winner will get to star in their own professionally filmed gift wrapping video as the official WHSmith Champion Child Gift Wrapper 2016, demonstrating their skills for our viewers. They’ll also receive a bundle of WHSmith goodies worth £400, including fun family games, gift sets, art and craft supplies and kids’ stationery, and two runners-up will receive bundles worth £100 each.
To enter, simply upload your video audition to the Mumsnet competition page before midnight on Friday 30th September 2016 (terms and conditions apply).
Need a Little Inspiration?
If your little one is a champion gift wrapper at home but a little shy on camera then take a look at our top tips and example video to get some ideas.
Our Top Tips:
- Plan what the video will be about before you get started. What are you going to wrap? Who is the gift for? What skills does your child want to show us?
- Choose a good time and place to make your video. We’d recommend somewhere light and quiet with lots of room to spread your materials out. And try to keep potential distractions and interruptions to a minimum.
- Get all your materials and equipment ready before you get started.
- Make sure that the adult in charge of filming has practised recording on their camera/smartphone/tablet beforehand. They will need to get into a comfortable position for filming so that the camera doesn’t shake or move too much and is at a good angle to see the child and the present they’re wrapping.
- If your little one is worried about what to say on camera then why not try warming up first. Either ask them to do a fun practise run for the family without the camera, or try making a film in which they talk about their favourite toy (or something that they’re enthusiastic about) to help them feel more comfortable speaking for the camera before you begin.
- Don’t worry if you have to start again. No one’s perfect on their first try.
- But don’t spend too long trying to get the perfect video. Wrapping can get boring and frustrating for little ones after a while so take a break if it’s taking more than 20 minutes to get things right. You can always try again later.
- We’re looking for fun and imagination so don’t worry if mistakes are made! Having fun and showing off your child’s personality is much more important.
Our Example Video: