3. Gift Wrapper
The nitty-gritty: When it comes to wrapping special gifts, you need the creativity to make a present alluring. Much of the pressure comes from having a customer standing in front of you while you try to cut, fold and tie a bow with precision. Some things you can't rush, but you do need to move rather swiftly with nimble fingers and not too much wasted paper. These wrapping table positions are usually found at gift shops, department stores or booths in shopping malls.
The hours: In-store jobs track shopping hours. For distribution center jobs, night shifts apply.
Median pay: The range is typically $8.60 to $9.70 an hour.
Qualifications: The ability to fold and wrap paper so it's taut and neat around a package, plus a knack for deftly twisting ribbon in ways that the typical customer can't fathom. This skill is generally self-taught, but you may be given crash on-the-job training with a few test packages. Some community colleges offer classes that teach the "creative art" of gift wrapping for around $25.