Price: Around £2.00
Age Range: n/a
Manufacturer’s Description: Scotch® Pop-Up Tape Handband Dispenser (available in pink, blue and silver) is the ultimate in tape delivery, style, and convenience. With one-handed dispensing, this attractive and sleek styled dispenser slips comfortably onto your hand. Precut lengths of tape 19mm x 50mm, in a refillable Pop-up Tape dispenser. 75 tape strips/pad. The tape disappears on most gift wrap papers. Also in the range is the Scotch® Pop-Up Tape Refillable Deskgrip Dispenser (in green, pink and silver). Refills are available containing 3 pads of 75 strips
Rating: (4/5 stars)
Review: We were sent one of these Pop-Up Tape Handband Dispenser to try out when wrapping Christmas presents this year, and I have to admit it is really useful.
The dispenser attaches to the back of your hand or wrist with an elastic strap, so that you can hold down the paper with that hand, and remove a strip of tape with the other. A clever little gadget that makes wrapping a whole lot easier!
With the dispenser, you get your first tape strip pad, with 75 strips of tape. Each strip measures 19mm x 50mm, which I found to be just right for wrapping presents.
In total you get 3.75m of tape, and you can buy a pack of three of these refills for around £2.50, so it would work out at around 22p per metre. A multipack of regular Scotch Easy Tear Clear Tape works out at about 6p per meter (at £15 for 8 33m rolls), so you pay around three and a half times as much for the luxury of having your tape both pre-cut into strips and the ease-of-use the dispenser brings. The real question is, do you think it’s worth it?
To be honest, if you have a lot of parcels to wrap, I think it probably is. So far I have wrapped two piles of Christmas presents, one pile with the tape dispenser, and one by using my traditional trick of cutting up lots of little strips of tape and temporarily sticking them along the edge of something in order to use whilst wrapping.
The dispenser definitely won this battle… doing it on my own I had to keep stopping to cut up strips, and always ran out at crucial moments. The pop-up tape dispenser is always there, easily accessible, and only runs out after you’ve used 75 strips.
I did use up the entire pad of 75 strips in one sitting though, wrapping up the box of presents seen above – eleven presents including a couple of quite awkward shapes and one big present. Wrapping all those stocking presents without it was really annoying, especially after I had used it the week before to wrap the first batch.
Personally, I will be picking up some refill pads for my dispenser, especially before I do any more piles of wrapping! I think these are a great idea, especially if (like me) you need to try and get your piles of presents wrapped up as quickly as you can. It is definitely a time saving gadget and even if it doesn’t represent amazing value in terms of how much tape you get for your money, the convenience of this is a winner for me & my crazily busy life.
I give the Scotch Pop-Up Tape Handband Dispenser 4 stars & would recommend it to anyone, especially if you have piles of fiddly stocking presents to wrap!