About Arona

In 2018 there are exciting developments:

Declutter with a difference will enable you to enjoy a more organised life and we’ll also help the planet by recycling, upcycling and repurposing wherever possible.

Creative and crafty workshops are for those who would like a bite-sized burst of creativity including making gorgeous gift bags, seashell wreaths and fabulous fascinators.

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

I am best known as an international gift wrapping expert and according 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!

When East meets West

My work has taken me around the world 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 in countries including the USA, India, Poland, Belgium, where workshops were in French, and Germany where, for four years, I shared my tips and techniques at Christmasworld, and Paperworld, the world’s largest trade show for paper and stationery.  My workshops at Creativeworld also proved to be very popular.

In addition to gift wrapping and gift basket DVDs I also offer training courses, seminars and demonstrations and consultancy services.

Design consultancy for VISA involved interesting challenges including wrapping a shoe.  My most embarrassing experience was for the same client. When preparing a mock-up of wrapped mugs for the Winter Olympics I forgot the skaters were men and decorated with red feather boa ribbon.  Oops!

The shoe I wrapped for VISA

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 would not be out of place in a thriller!

Clients include 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.

In addition to almost 100 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 which was resting on the arm of a chair. Luckily I didn’t drop it!

On The One Show, also on BBC1, 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 his wife was now likely to seek his assistance wrapping Christmas presents when he got home!

Best wishes