a gift from the airport
Houston airports present holiday travelers with free gift wrapping at terminals
Packing and leaving town during the holidays is stressful enough, and then there’s the added pressure of hauling that holiday gift. Should wrapped gifts get precious cargo space — and what if they crumple? Or, carry on and pack later — if there’s time?
Houston Airports is addressing those holiday gift travel questions by offering free gift wrapping at George Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports on Wednesday, December 20.
Bush travelers can line up gift wrapping from 2 pm to 5 pm in Terminal A. Hobby flyers can get their gifts wrapped between 9 am and 1 pm in the main concourse/food court.
For those worried about wrap quality, fear not. Alton DuLaney — who’s dubbed the “World’s Greatest Gift Wrap Artist” and breakout star of The Ultimate Gift Wrapping Challenge streaming show on QVC+ — will lead the teams.
DuLaney, also curator of Public Art for Houston Airports, has trained the teams.Photo courtesy of Houston Airports
DuLaney, who is also Houston Airports’ curator for Public Art, has taken a hands-on approach with the airport staffers manning the paper and tape stations. “Alton personally has trained all of us, so we’re ready to go,” Melissa Correa, Houston Airports spokesperson tells CultureMap.
Travelers can bring packages that range from small to “big as a carry-on,” says Correa. Gifts will be wrapped in paper, tape, and bows, or gift bags and tissue, depending on traveler preference.
Correa adds that Houston Airports predicts some 197,113 passengers at both airports on Wednesday: 155,240 at Bush; 41,837 passing through Hobby.
With that in mind, be sure to add extra time, but rest assured that at the very least, airport staff has that carry-on holiday gift concern all wrapped up.