People have been wrapping gifts for a long time. About 2,000 years ago in Korea, presents were covered in colorful cloth. Not long after, paper was invented in China. There, it was used for wrapping gifts of money.
When gift wrap first came to America in the 1800s, only wealthy people could afford it. That changed in 1917, when two brothers started selling wrapping paper at their store in Missouri. They charged just 10 cents a sheet.
This new item sold out immediately. Clearly, people loved giving and receiving gifts covered in beautiful paper! Before long, gift wrap spread across the U.S. Now it’s a special holiday tradition.