questionswhat's your gift wrapping style?

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Depends on the item but I mostly do the same and get them in boxes and wrap everything in my yearly tradition of wrapping presents, having a couple of drinks, and watching Rudolph and The Grinch.

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Most of the time it's quick and sloppy.
Wait, we're talking about presents, right?

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Bags, bags, bags! Ever since the gift bags came out I no longer wrap everything in tin foil. Very convenient and my wife appreciates it more.

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I try to use the funny pages of the newspaper whenever possible. The little kids never know what to think when they get a present wrapped in newspaper. They always think it's hilarious for some reason.

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Usually I'm running behind and need to toss a gift into my kid's hands before sending him off to a birthday party - and so gift bag it is. When I have time, I prefer to wrap. On the rare occasion, I will wrap in multiple boxes and layers. My max has to be 50 layers (counting paper and boxes). It was great fun to watch the unwrapping process.

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I always wrap presents. However, since I also suck at wrapping they tend to come out looking like giant balls of tape and paper that look put together by a blind epileptic raccoon with a broken arm.

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The box it came in, or the "way too much tape" method.

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If the item came in a box, I wrap it nicely and make a bow with the wide wired ribbon for it. If not, I use a gift bag with tissue paper. I usually also wrap the gift with tissue paper before putting it in the bag, so the recipient gets something to unwrap. I buy the gift bag sets at Costco and Sam's. They have some really gorgeous bags, high quality heavy paper, most of the bags have liners and different kinds of bling to make them special. They run about $10-15 and have 10-15 bags so it works out the same as getting the bags at Dollar Tree but they are nicer. My Christmas decor is white, crystal and silver, so I reserve all the bags that match that decor for my friend's gifts that go under the tree. I use the bags that don't match my decor for office gifts, giving tree gifts, and gifts I take or mail to my family 650 miles away.

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@bingo969: In our house this style is referred to as being "wrapped with tape and lots of love." I have two college kids at home and this is their style. Looks like monkeys wrapped the gifts, using their feet.

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I usually wrap in wrapping paper. For my sisters kids I usually use a different paper for each one and they are not told which present is theirs until Christmas day. Sometimes I use boxes for odd shaped items and it is fun when people think they are getting something like coffee filters just because of the box. I will also torture kids with various wrapping tricks. I have used the the gift card maze box from think geek. One time I took a gift card, taped it inside an altoids tin and also taped a piece of metal in the tin to throw off the weight. I follow the lead of amazon and woot and use air as packing material. I buy a cheap bag of various shaped balloons and use them to fill in spaces in my shipping box. That gave me the idea one year to take 20 dollar bills, roll them extremely tightly until they were smaller than a toothpick, tape it so it wouldn't unroll and then stick it in a balloon and put the kids initials on the balloon.

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I was selected the family wrapper long ago- my wife's wraps just never look right. Plus my mother used to put extravagant bows that she made and took wrapping almost as serious as the present. So I now carry on the tradition and the attention to detail. I line up the pattern of the paper, make sure the side folds are even and I hide all the tape.

I don't use gift labels, I just assign a specific paper for each person.

Just a tip, if you need a 3rd finger to hold down a bow while you tie it - use your big toe.

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Is "gets worse as I go" a style?

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Sometimes wrapping paper, but usually bags. Holiday/gift bags if I have them, brown paper if not & I fall back to a tissue filled grocery bag if I don't have any paper bags. ( that's all for family ).

For friends, I usually use wrapping paper and far too much tape.

Oh, and I have actually wrapped a gift for my father in fabric & hot glue.

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I had gift tags made as part of a larger print order at Vistaprint this year. I put the same picture on them as I put on this year's Christmas cards. They are the size of business cards and each came with a little envelope. I think they add a nice touch.

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I wrap what comes in a box, or what could be put in a box easily. I use bags when it comes to random oddities that go together.

I'm thinking this year should be really interesting. I'm doing a bacon themed gift for my brother, and I'm still not sure how I plan to wrap it. No bags for him, because he tries to guess everything before he opens it (I guess some people never outgrow it!). I'm thinking some random boxes will do the trick, but we'll see when wrapping day comes!

I'm not the best wrapper, but I'm certainly not the worst in the family! Bows and such have to left off due to the cats and their crazy desire to eat them, and throw them up shortly after!

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I can wrap a box neatly enough, but I'm so, er, frugal (hence the DW addiction) that I try too hard to conserve paper and frequently end up struggling. Even when the box is wrapped well, I'm not too good at decorating the box with ribbons. Even buying the pre-prepared ribbons and sticking them on the wrapped box just doesn't look as good as when someone else does it. (sigh) I did finally learn how to make the fluffy tissue paper additions at the top of a gift bag, but even that offends my frugal nature (unless I re-use the tissue).

Having said this, I am scheduled to be a gift wrapper for a charity event the weekend before Christmas. I am trying to convince the organizers that me, er, talents will be best used at the desk, taking orders, or dashing around as a go-fer. It would be best for all, I'm sure!

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I used to be a complete slob when it came to wrapping presents, so now that I've finally learned how to do it neatly, I kind of take pride in wrapping my gifts nicely.

My gift-wrap buying style is never to pay more than $1 per 40-square feet. (It used to be 50.) If I can't find cheap wrapping paper, I'll use the newspaper; it's better for the environment anyway.

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@belyndag: I learned to wrap gifts well working holiday gift wrap in the back of a Hallmark store between Thanksgiving and Christmas when I was in high school and college. It was a free service the mall offered, so there wasn't tons of pressure to make it look exemplary.
It did teach me how to wrap gifts neatly and quickly. The key is enough paper but not too much. That takes a little bit to learn how much that is, but it's best to err slightly on the side of too much so that you're not trying to "stretch" the paper. That often results in torn corners.
Another trick is, after you get the package wrapped, use your fingers to go around the edges and give the paper a bit of a crease. This is particularly helpful if the paper is a little loose on the box. The crease gives it more of a defined edge and makes it look a little better.

Best of luck. I'd personally rather wrap gifts than deal with the public in the mall (or most other places) this time of year.

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@gt0163c: "I'd personally rather wrap gifts than deal with the public in the mall (or most other places) this time of year."

I TOTALLY agree! DS works at Game Stop part-time and between the holiday crowds and fall finals he is a wreck every year at this time!

One of my long-ago college jobs was as an engraver at a Things Remembered in the mall. This was before they computerized engraving machines were around.Shoppers would get crazy right before a holiday, especially those who waited until the last minute to shop. We would take in engraving orders with the promise to have them ready in 2 days or so, but some folks refused to understand why we couldn't do the engraving while they waited (even though we would show them the shelves and shelves of orders that came in ahead of them). I actually had a man take a swing at me across the counter when I told him we couldn't have his order that day. Fortunately mall security was nearby. Urgh!

Another reason to stick to online shopping!

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I like a strategic gift bag. It isn't that I'm bad at wrapping (couple holiday seasons in retail during "the college years" fixed that), I'm just lazy.

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@kmeltzer: You're talking my language now. {fistbump}

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Any gifts for kids are always wrapped. Kids take greater delight in ripping off paper than having a bag. As far as adults, generally I still wrap, but my rule of thumb is: the generation older than me gets ribbons and bows; my generation gets a bow slapped on top; the next generation just has a gift tag.

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I give it to my wife and she wraps it! That's my style!
I can wrap presents and tend to do it with cheap paper...put it in a bag with tissue paper if in a hurry though, but she honestly loves wrapping presents and does a fantastic job with it!

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I pretty much just try to wrap the gift well enough that none of the bits are peeking through. As a kid it was exciting to finally tear my presents open on Christmas morning... just feels kinda silly now to think of two adults spending time wrapping stuff up for each other to tear apart, though. /grinch

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I wrap presents decently enough that I taught my kids how to do it. It's not that difficult. My wife however bags everything.

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@ryanwb: I figured out the toe trick years ago! My son thought it was silly, till he got old enough to do his own wrapping. Then he suddenly decided it was a genius idea.

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I generally love wrapping things up so the outside is as nice as the gift inside. I dig out the "Christmas picks" from Michael's, grab my glue gun, and drag out the storage box with 50 different rolls of ribbon and 20 rolls of paper. My spouse is now used to the post-Christmas trek to JoAnne's to buy discounted ribbon and paper; he good naturedly whines that I have more ribbon than the store does.

My family knows my rules about gifts: never trust what the box says, since I scrounge whatever boxes I can find for gifts that didn't come in their own box, and all the boxes come back to me for use in the future.