OK, so here's a first - or at least for me.
I've heard of eating contests, holding-your-breath contests, etc., but I'm unaware of a "gift-wrapping contest."
Well, there is such a thing - and it's been going on for 11 years!
It's called the Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest, and it's sponsored by parent company 3M.
Now, I can tie a pretty darned good bow, but from the sound of this contest you'd better be able to tape flawlessly. No exposed corners!
The contest seeks folks (nationwide) who believe they can "outwrap" anyone. If you're that person - or know a gifted wrapper - here are the contest details:
They want a 100-word or less written entry on why you or the nominess has what it takes (wrapping experience, creativity) to be crowned the most gifted wrapper.
Include the following:
* Name, home address, city, state, Zip code, daytime phone number, fax number and e-mail address (if available).
* Whether the nominee is entering as a professional or an amateur. For example, you're considered a pro if you wrap gifts at a department or speciality store.
Entries must be received no later than Oct. 6 and can be submitted three ways:
* By mail: Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest, Hunter Public Relations, 41 Madison Ave., fifth floor, New York, NY 10010.
* By fax: (212) 679-6607.
* By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eight finalists (four pros, four amateurs) will be flown to New York for a three-day, three-night trip to compete in the gift-wrapping finale on Dec. 5 at, well where else, Rockefeller Center. Grand prize? $10,000 and the crown as the most gifted wrapper. If you nominate the winner, you'll get $1,000.
For more details, click here.
And as they say in the biz, that's a wrap.