Mariangela Petrone Wins 14th Annual National Gift-Wrapping Competition

Wraps Up $10,000 Grand Prize in Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest

Dec 03, 2010, 17:06 ET from 3M

NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Mariangela Petrone, a professional gift wrapper from La Galleria in the Bronx, N.Y, was crowned the 2010 "Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper" in a national gift-wrapping contest sponsored by 3M, the maker of Scotch brand tape and Scotch cutting tools. (For photos, video footage and additional information, visit

Amid crowds of holiday revelers at Rockefeller Center today, no bow was left untied as Petrone out-wrapped seven other gift-wrapping gurus to win the ultimate holiday present – a $10,000 cash prize. With Scotch Tape in hand, Petrone and her worthy competitors went bow-to-bow wrapping odd-shaped gifts, including a charcoal grill and an ATV with creativity, style and flair.

Petrone offers this winning advice to those who are getting ready to wrap their holiday presents: "Always have the necessary supplies on hand, including gift wrap paper, ribbon and Scotch pop-up tape," said Mariangela Petrone. "Try using different papers with coordinating colors to help dimensionalize your gift and add style."

The first runner-up, Susan Jakub from Hingham, Mass., a former professional gift wrapper at Macy's, received a $2,500 cash prize. The other six contestants also received smaller cash prizes. Contestants were judged on three criteria: appearance, technique and speed.

The judging panel consisted of three experts in the art of gift wrapping: Mark Ski, former producer for Martha Stewart Living; Laurin Sydney, lifestyle expert and author of the book Why Bother? Why Not?, which features tips on gift wrapping; and Wanda Wen, co-owner of Soolip Paperie & Press and author of The Art of Gift Wrapping,  released Spring 2010.

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