Wrapping gifts can be very enjoyable
This is my very first Christmas themed post. I have already been getting organized and planning for Christmas for a month of so. First thing I did was get my gift wrapping station organized.
My favorite time of the year is when we are all preparing for the holidays. I enjoy wrapping presents as long as its under the right conditions. I know I am going to be doing a lot of gift wrapping and I truly enjoy wrapping and giving gifts that are really pretty. Every year I wrap all of our gifts and several extras for friends who ask me to help them out. I don’t mind doing it, not at all, for me a beautiful or cute presentation is a huge part of the joy in gift giving and receiving.
Here’s how I keep gift wrapping fun.
Organize your Supplies
Be organized. Start early, even in September you can start by saving boxes, asking for boxes on any purchases you make. Gather and prepare pine cones, buy tape, look online for some new ideas.
Create a Wrapping Station
Organize a wrapping center. I have a tall plastic rubbermaid container that holds wrapping paper upright, and a cheap set of plastic drawers.
You can set aside a bedroom drawer or a box in the cupboard. Place a waste paper basket nearby. It doesn’t matter where you build your wrapping station just as long as you have your supplies gathered and organized ahead of time.
Make sure to have scissors, scotch tape, packaging tape, measuring tape, envelopes for gift receipts and pretty inked pens in different colours.
Sort through last years leftover wrapping supplies. Check what wrapping supplies you can use and donate away any you won’t be using. This time of year the donation centers really welcome gift wrapping.
Iron recycled ribbon or tissue paper, mend any reused boxes if needed. In the above picture you can see how I organized my collection of gift boxes that I saved after last years gift opening.
Choose a colour scheme if your going to have one. Purchase new supplies for this year making sure you have assorted sized boxes, tissue paper, real ribbon with wired edges, thin ribbon, twine, wrapping paper, embellishments, gift tags and lots of tape.
Already this sounds like alot of work, it sure can be, but isn’t it nice to do it early as soon as the Christmas supplies come out, than in December when your crazy busy. Having everything in a designated spot really shortens the time it takes to wrap. Not having to leave what your doing to search for tape, the scissors, or a box the right size makes it much nicer to d
Choose a Theme for your Gift Wrap or Choose Not Toa
Some people will tell you to chose a theme and two or three coordinating colours for your gift wrapping. I disagree. If you are a blogger who will be taking home tour photos for your blog of course you want your parcels to match the decor. Coordinating paper make s your overall decor look much more coherent and designed.
If you have children at home so you hide the gifts until Christmas Eve, does it really matter if it coordinates? I don’t think so. Go ahead and wrap each person’s parcel in their favorite colour, cartoon character, or theme.
Make your parcel fun for the receiver. I will make super feminine gifts for Shannon with silver paper and pink pearled ribbon and lace; for Herman not on your life. His favorite and only colour is blue. The point here is to have a PLAN and purchase what supplies you need ahead of time.
Purchase Real Ribbon
If I have one suggestion this is IT. Learn to tie bows, they are much prettier and personal than purchased bows are. It really is easy to do. Use wired ribbon. I purchase wired ribbon at Costco every year and it costs less than pre-made bows do.
I will be posting my directions and videos very soon. here are already many really good ribbon tying demonstrations and tutorials available on line.
Look for Paper with Cutting Lines
Purchase or Make Embellishments
This is the most creative part of wrapping. It doesn’t need to be expensive. Make a snowman using a piece of ribbon and three buttons, add pinecones, a pick of red berries, a cotton boll, a candy cane, cinnamon sticks, dollar store snowflake or christmas bells.
Wrap in Sessions
Wrap in sessions, two hours now, two hours later, two hours when the mood hits you or two hours every evening. Wrap as soon as you bring your purchased gifts home, whatever works best for you. Remember that marathon wrapping sessions makes it a task and isn’t nearly as much fun.
I personally wrap in sessions based on the task at hand. I get out the paper, scissors, tape, ruler and wrap all the presents in gift wrap first. I mark each one so I know who the receiver is and set it aside. I do this right away.
Make Wrapping a Mini Event
Eat some of the snacks your making for the holidays. Play Christmas music. Have a favorite beverage. Get comfy, wear your PJs or a favorite Christmas ugly sweater.
Doing these things makes the gift wrapping very enjoyable for me. I daydream about how excited the girls will be getting their presents. How much Shannon loves all the pretty parcels. How Herman or my sons say I sure know who wrapped this one.
I will post a couple more posts with specific gift wrapping ideas and how to wrap some difficult packages.
I am beyond excited for the Christmas holidays to start.