Gift wrapping can be dated back earliest in Chinese culture, with a practice to use paper to protect precious materials when storing them for another person going back more than 2,000 years1.
The Chinese also used paper envelopes as a way to gift money to government officials as a mark of respect.
In Japan, people have been wrapping gifts for more than 1,000 years.
For the Japanese, the act of wrapping was part of a ritual and process for preparing an object for someone else1.
For Western cultures, the popularity of gift wrapping was relatively more modern.
It wasn't until about 1917 when the trend took off, when a Kanas store had run out of tissue paper to wrap fragile objects, and used patterned paper from the inside of an envelope as wrapping instead1.