Normally, I hate wrapping presents. I have never been good at it because I don’t have the patience. When my mom first taught me how to wrap gifts, she showed me two ways to fold the corners, stressed the importance of a precise crease and always made sure that the designs in the paper lined up before taping.
Who’s got the time for that?!
I am lucky to find a few leftover holiday gift bags from last year that are in good enough condition to reuse again this year. Scrape up some halfway decent tissue paper as a topper and …voila! The wrapping is done.
I have said on many occasions that I wish I could find a freelance gift wrapper. Really, I think this could be a lucrative business for someone with the gift wrapping skills I don’t possess. I just can’t seem to find one.
This year, I tried to approach the daunting task of present wrapping with a more positive attitude. After all, I have children to think of now and it would be selfish of me to shirk my parental wrapping duties. With that in mind, I thought I could get into the spirit more if I bought some fun, unique wrapping paper designs to get me in the mood.
I found several rolls of paper that I loved. Believe it or not, I got them at Target for a reasonable price too!
I must say that I got a little giddy this year in anticipation of testing out the new paper. I little part of me figured whatever I lacked in quality could somehow be made up for in creativity.
Once I unrolled the paper, I was even more pleased to see that there were grid lines printed on the inside of the paper – my mother would be so proud of the straight scissor cutting I was able to accomplish with the help of those guides.
I locked myself in our guest room for about three hours straight and wrapped all the gifts to the family, our kids and even for the school teachers. Some people still got bags, well, because it was just easier. But the fun wrapping paper I bought did seem to make the overall experience more positive. I may even do it again next year.
Here are some of my favorite designs:
For the hipster, young professional or teen…
For the contemporary or masculine…
For the little girl…
The baby boy wrap…
And finally, where all the magic happens, my wrapping room (a.k.a. Hell)