A couple of months ago I sent special Birthday Wishes to someone I know. Her birthday wass close to the beginning of the month so I found 15 small gifts plus a birthday card for her to open beginning 16 days before her birthday. Each gift was wrapped and labeled with the date to open.
Sorry that I don’t have a photo of all the wrapped gifts.
She is a knitter and needed some stitch markers so I decided to make a few for her.
Some were beads on a flexible wire that would fit over an US 15 needle.
And some were large jump rings with a bead glued over the seam.
All slid easily onto a large open ring to keep in her knitting bag.
Most of the items before wrapping:
Here’s the list of the items pictured above: small aluminum baking pans and pumpkin bread mix, Turbie Twist®, cake mix and Jello pudding, a set of spatulas, tissue packet, eyeglass holder, office supplies, planner sticky notes and flags, stitch markers, surfboard-shaped emery boards, Au Jus mix, sunflower potholders, coffee cup sticky notes, a small lidded organizer, and a sign for her office…
We’re probably all finished or at least down to the wire with gift buying and are ready to wrap (pun intended) it all up!
When I working in retail many, many years ago (20), gift bags were not the way to go. One of my tasks working in the display department was to wrap empty boxes for displays and do the gift-wrap wall so customers would gladly pay for a “professionally” wrapped gift. Trust me. I was good at gift-wrapping. And I learned a few things along the way.
Believe it of not, 99.7%* of gift recipients prefer to unwrap a gift instead of pull it out of a tissue-paper-filled bag.
What do you prefer to do? Unwrap or dig-for-your gift?
I thought so. You prefer to unwrap a gift. Who wants to dig for their gift unless you are an archeologist?
So, here are my (ergonomically correct) thoughts on gift wrapping.
Decide now if you want to wrap all of “John’s or Jane’s” gifts in the same paper/ribbon color or if you want to use whatever paper you have on hand. If you decide on one particular paper pattern/color per recipient, you will need at least one roll of said pattern/color of paper devoted to each recipient. Or specific color of ribbon. I love the two-sidedwrapping paper!
Do NOT wrap gifts at the dining room/ kitchen table. The typical table height of 29-30 inches is not high enough and you will hurt your back. Do wrap at a 35-38 inch tall counter. Your back will thank you.
Gather ALL your wrapping supplies together: paper, tape, scissors, ribbons/bows, tags, and/or any other embellishments you wish/have on hand.
Write out the tags BEFORE you wrap any thing.
Wrap the BIG gifts first so you can use any scraps of left over paper for the smaller gifts.
Tag each gift as soon as you finish wrapping it. Seriously, you will forget even if you have a specific color/pattern of paper for each recipient.
Attach ribbons/baker’s twine/premade bows/embellishments to the package.
Stack gifts under the tree OR hide gifts.
Good luck with your gift wrapping.
I actually do all of these things before I wrap any gifts. I have learned the hard way to not trust my memory. And my back thanks me every year.
BTW, Mr. Aitch either gifts with gift bags or has the gift sent already wrapped. Some people just don’t have the confidence with paper wrapping and that’s ok.
I don’t recall voluntarily shopping on Black Friday. When I worked at a department store, I had to be there at 7:00 a.m. for the onslaught of shoppers. Of course no one then would believe people would actually get up that early and go shopping. But they came in droves. Now Black Friday begins at 12:01 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving and from what I’ve heard shopping takes a military strategist to plan the attack.
No thank you. There is nothing I want that badly to risk life and limb.