After running out of tape during a Christmas present wrapping marathon I decided to try hot glue. It worked so well I haven't used tape since. Over the years this is what I have found that works best for me: Use the low temperature setting as the high will distort the paper. High temperature works great for thicker paper though (brown kraft paper for ex.). The low temperature is also great for attaching tags, candy canes, ribbons, ornaments, etc. to the package.
In the Dollar store they sell glue sticks for about the same price as Scotch Tape. I buy several and when ready to tape, I use the glue stick on both sides of seam. and ends. Voila! No more tangled, stuck together tape nor cutting it way to long or short. And they last longer for economy.
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