About Arona

Arona KhanAccording to Harpers & Queen I was the world’s first gift wrapping consultant. In fact, I started wrapping at the age of 3 ½!  My grandmother came to stay and not long afterwards her lingerie disappeared only to reappear wrapped in neat little parcels.  I had begun gift wrapping!

My work has taken me around the UK, to Eastern and Western Europe, across the United States and to South and East Asia, including Japan where I was described as the world’s foremost gift wrapping expert. What an honour! So too was an invitation to train the British Prime Minister’s staff at 10 Downing Street.

I have given seminars and demonstrations at many trade shows around the world; several on more than one occasion.  My work took me to Poland and in 2016 I returned to Belgium for a third year where I give workshops in French.  I was also delighted to be invited back to Frankfurt, Germany for a fourth year to share my tips and techniques at Christmasworld, and at Paperworld, the world’s largest trade show for paper and stationery supplies.  New last year were workshops at Creativeworld which also drew the crowds.  In May I returned to the National Stationery Show, New York to share my tips and techniques with retailers.

When East meets West

In addition to my gift wrapping and gift basket DVDs I also offer training courses, workshops, seminars and demonstrations and consultancy services for corporate and private clients around the UK and overseas including Selfridges, The Royal Albert Hall, Royal Mail, Glaxosmithkline, HBO, Parfums Christian Dior, Sotheby’s New York, Kelly Hoppen, the Harry Potter Shop at King’s Cross, the WI and Highgrove, home of the Prince of Wales.

I have operated gift wrapping services in several locations. In Hamleys toy store in London my way of wrapping a teddy bear proved so popular that customers started buying them so they could have the wrap! The prize for the oddest item to be wrapped goes to a box of Kleenex at Heathrow Airport. The reason why it was wrapped would not be out of place in a thriller!

The shoe I wrapped for VISA

I design and create wrapped ‘gifts’ for a variety of projects. Two of the most challenging involved working on campaigns for VISA. Wrapping a shoe while retaining its shape stands out as do the mugs for the winter Olympics.

In addition to countless radio interviews, I’ve appeared on many television programmes including BBC Breakfast, Good Morning Britain, Sky News Sunrise, This Morning and Channel 5’s A Million Pound Christmas but the scariest was live on BBC1 when I had to wrap a bottle of red wine on the arm of a chair. Luckily I didn’t drop it. On The One Show I taught Chris Evans and Gerard Butler, the Hollywood heartthrob how to wrap.  Chris was delighted until he realised that having demonstrated his new found skill he’d have to wrap some Christmas presents when he got home!

If all that wrapping wasn’t enough I’ve added another string to my bow!  I design and create unique, bespoke fascinators for weddings and special celebrations.  They seem to be especially popular with mothers of the bride and groom.

Best wishes and happy wrapping!