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QOTD 12/4: Gift wrap!

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QOTD 12/4: Gift wrap!

Postby Chef Mongo » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:47 am

When it comes time to wrap gifts, what kind of wrapper are you? Do you approximate, cut and tape and consider it a success if the gift is hidden? Do you calibrate your paper exactly, slowly and carefully making each fold and using a minimum of tape? Do you add ribbons, bows, bells and other stuff?

Do you buy to-from cards or use pieces of scrap wrapping paper?

Do you just say the heck with it and use gift bags?
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Re: QOTD 12/4: Gift wrap!

Postby Butterbean » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:22 am

I'm basically a bag lady. Not only is it easier, but the bags cab be recycled. Also, having raised a boy, I learned early on that action figures can NOT be wrapped in a conventional way. I am an adequate conventional wrapper, though.
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Re: QOTD 12/4: Gift wrap!

Postby haleoalau » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:31 am

I often use bags, but I love to gift wrap and sometimes get all fancy shmancy. I found some diamond plate gift wrap at the farm supply store that I really want to get.

I am a tape whore.

Because I love the tease of anticipation, I cruelly drag it on out Christmas morning via my mad taping skills. Bwahahahahahahahaha

Or used to - The Hub almost always has his leatherman with in reach and will readily slay the celluloid monster *grumble*

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Re: QOTD 12/4: Gift wrap!

Postby vickatina » Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:30 am

For me, it depends on time.

If I have the time, I can get all fancy-schmancy with a gift, adding ribbons, bows, etc.
If not, I do the gift bag thing.

If it's during the day and I'm not rushed or tired, then I will be more careful about the paper folding and the tape placement.
If it's midnight, Christmas Eve and I'm trying to get the last of the kids gifts done, I'm folding and taping however it takes to get the darn thing covered!
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Re: QOTD 12/4: Gift wrap!

Postby Jules » Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:30 am

I wouldn't say that I calibrate exactly but I do have a good eye for estimating how much wrap is needed. I don't use much tape because if I've estimated the wrap correctly, I won't need that much tape. I mostly use curling ribbon because the feline population seem to enjoy playing with it when presents are waiting under the tree. And I use to-from stickies (which I always seem to have year after year ... can't remember when I last needed to buy those).

I tend to put a decent amount of thought into gifts I give, and I like them to look nice when I distribute them.

(Interestingly, I read halealau's reply and noticed that I love the anticipation too but the "dragging it out" part is too tough for me to take :lol: )
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Re: QOTD 12/4: Gift wrap!

Postby n8urebabe » Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:46 am

I use bags occasionally but mostly I wrap gifts. I am a tape miser. Just enough to keep it closed. I rarely use bows or ribbon. I can make a very pretty curlicue bow, I just don't do it very often. I have sticker to/from tags for gifts that I ship. I don't use tags at home because I don't want them to know which ones are theirs. :lol:
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Re: QOTD 12/4: Gift wrap!

Postby Myrealana » Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:25 pm

I wrap, but not with any kind of precision.

As for bows - with two inquisitive cats and an irrepresible German Shepherd in the house, those too often become "festive poo."

My mom goes all out with her wrapping. She uses different themes for each person, and designs fancy decorations for each package that would make Martha Stewart jealous. Flowers, beads and baubles, greenery, cloth ribbons, etc. Anything she can glue-gun onto a package.
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Re: QOTD 12/4: Gift wrap!

Postby nolafoodie » Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:43 pm

We have two big gift-giving holidays per year. I was always really into gift-wrapping, and used to stock up on pretty paper and toppers whenever I'd find them on sale at Tuesday Morning or the World Market. What a sucker I was (and still am) for handmade Indian paper, raffia, and "organic" toppers like flowers (real or artificial), pine cones, and fake produce. Unfortunately, my lifestyle has changed considerably, and I can no longer do that sort of thing. So I bag. I must admit, it's pretty cheap and easy. You go to the dollar store and find some pretty decent stuff. Add tissue and badabing-badaboom, you've got a presentable gift.

But I've recently descended down an even darker, lazier, cheaper path...

Having four kids, we receive a lot of gifts, and that includes a lot of gift bags. So, these days, I just reuse old gift bags. Except for one gift bag I bought last weekend because I didn't have the right size in my stash, I have not purchased any gift bags all year. The drawback is that when we show up at gatherings with gifts, ours are a hodgepodge of different-colored, different-themed bags. But, ghetto as it may be, the bags serve their purpose, and after the gifts are opened, nobody even cares what the packaging looked like.

After all, when you give someone a present, it's not about pretty paper and a bow. It's what's inside that counts. ;) (Just kidding.)
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Re: QOTD 12/4: Gift wrap!

Postby okbye » Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:46 pm

I hate wrapping since I have't been able to get down on the floor. I used to be able to get my sister to do it but she has too damn many kids now and doesn't ever have time to help me. I wrap as simply as possible, and it rarely comes out neatly. I have to have one of those tape segment dispensers, or else you might just get it in a plastic grocery bag. I have about 5 of the wrist ones, they make wrapping bearable.
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Re: QOTD 12/4: Gift wrap!

Postby thatchairlady » Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:35 pm

Was never into big $ wrapping paper, when I did wrap gifts. Now everything goes in a cute bag... many are recycled for holidays and birthdays. Last year when I made bathes of assorted cookies, bought containers that could be used for something else afterward. Only decoration on those was a ribbon tied around... mostly to make sure lid was secured.
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Re: QOTD 12/4: Gift wrap!

Postby Wanda Woman » Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:57 pm

I'm a gift wrapper. I think it's a much bigger thrill to rip the wrapping paper off a gift :dance: than it is to pull a gift out of a bag. :hand:

I make an afternoon or evening of wrapping Christmas presents. I gather the gifts, wrapping paper rolls, gift boxes, ribbons, the heavy tape dispenser (makes it much easier to use the tape), the big Fiskars scissors, and a bag for trash. Oh, and my gift wrap straight edge/cutter (love this thing!). I flip over one of the Boy Wonder's old tri-fold science fair display boards and put it on the floor for my work surface. I put on some Christmas tunes and mix up a few cocktails or toddies. I then plant myself on the floor and have myself a wrap party. I'm a pretty decent wrapper, use just the needed amount of tape (more for gifts that have to be sent), and use regular ribbon which I can tie into a nice bow and make the pretty V-cut ends. I use regular gift tags (I never seem to run out of them; how can that be?) and only occasionally add ornamentation to a package.

I actually look forward to my wrap parties.
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Re: QOTD 12/4: Gift wrap!

Postby Slamdunkpro » Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:02 pm

I've been known to use motocross decal vinyl to wrap gifts (good luck tearing that Muhahaha!)
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Re: QOTD 12/4: Gift wrap!

Postby captnhoney » Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:43 am

I have used the sunday comics as wrapping paper it is tradition in my house that at least 1 gift is wrapped like this especailly when someone gets a giant snoppy for christmas.
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Re: QOTD 12/4: Gift wrap!

Postby Charlene » Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:40 pm

vickatina wrote:For me, it depends on time.

If I have the time, I can get all fancy-schmancy with a gift, adding ribbons, bows, etc.
If not, I do the gift bag thing.

If it's during the day and I'm not rushed or tired, then I will be more careful about the paper folding and the tape placement.
If it's midnight, Christmas Eve and I'm trying to get the last of the kids gifts done, I'm folding and taping however it takes to get the darn thing covered!



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Re: QOTD 12/4: Gift wrap!

Postby Esther C » Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:29 am

Don't laugh. I spread out the wrapping paper on the floor, hold the gift up on one corner, and "roll" it across the paper in one direction, to measure how much paper's needed to cover THAT side. *THEN* I roll it up the *other* direction, to see how much is needed to fully cover it.

Presents are meaningful to me, and to the persons I *give them* to. (to whom I give them??) (to those I have chosen to be the recipients???)

The fact that I can't afford much makes the gifts that much more meaningful. :(

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