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December 20 2014 @ 10:00 am
25 Days of Christmas: Wrapping - Paper or Bags? Or make your own?  

Wrapping presents for people is my least favorite thing about the gifting process so I'm wondering if you make it easy on yourself and just buy bags or you go for the wrapping paper? Maybe a combination of both?

I like to do both because sometimes a gift just doesn't fit into wrapping paper and you need that bag.

Some of the wrapping paper and the bows are so lovely. About 5 years ago, I decided to spend money and make the presents fancy, but they pretty much were destroyed within 2 minutes and no one seemed to appreciate it so I don't go over board any more.

But something I stumbled upon which might be fun and less expensive than some of the wrapping I still get is this...

You are essentially taking cheap colored bags and gluing a wreath and the word Joy on them. Fun and inexpensive. And you could do this for birthdays with the world happy or any occasion! I'm thinking now of making one that says baby for my best friends baby shower.

And if you are creative there is more...

You can create your own wrapping paper and bags with brown paper wrapping, a sharpie, a little paint and some ribbons. You know I had brown wrapping paper that I disliked because it was so plain and never thought of using it for such a creative wrapping experience!

Days Until Christmas: 5 - whoa!
supernutjapan: Christmas treesupernutjapan on December 21st, 2014 02:20 am (UTC)
On the receiving end, I always appreciate nice wrapping paper and also bags for reuse. Japanese people don't tear wrapping paper like westerners often do. they peel them very carefully and keep them for reuse. Bags are also nice and it is easier to keep them in good condition♡

I usually wrap smaller presents myself but use the store Christmas wrapping/bag for bigger presents.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 22nd, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... maybe my Aunt is more like the Japanese. She tries very hard to make it possible to reuse wrapping paper. It is true bags are so great because it is easier to reuse them and likely they'll be in good condition to do so.

I think we only have 1 store that offers to wrap your gifts and I just don't pay for it.
supernutjapan: Christmas treesupernutjapan on December 22nd, 2014 11:55 pm (UTC)
I imagine New Englanders to be similar in that way ;)
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 23rd, 2014 12:31 am (UTC)
★ mypetconcubinemypetconcubine on December 21st, 2014 09:15 am (UTC)
I'm kind of a dork for me the wrapping is part of the gift. I put lots of time & effort into the gift. Some people think it's sweet of me. Others thinks it's crazy. I put so much time into wrapping my gifts & people just rip them apart in seconds. But I can't help it.

To answer your question it doesn't matter.

I love that brown wrapping paper idea.
Jill aka Jo: GOT: Dany backsireesanwar on December 22nd, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
I get it. Sometimes I just want it to be so lovely! I try for some people but my immediate family, I just don't. They won't care and the effort seems wasted on them.

I love the brown wrapping paper idea too. Unfortunately, all my wrapping is done already so I can't try it out but I'm thinking for birthday I could!
tracyj23: Holiday - Christmas treetracyj23 on December 21st, 2014 01:18 pm (UTC)
I like to do both. I'm a wrapping person, as you already know, and love to make gifts look special. People who care (i.e. not my inlaws) appreciate the effort I put into making gifts look unique and like I put thought into them.

I often like to use both, I'll wrap a gift and then put it in a gift bag, so the recipient gets to do both - I find carrying gifts when we go for Christmas eve is easier with the bag handles, so maybe that's why I've gotten into the habit of that.

Like supernutjapan, I don't ever just tear apart wrapping paper and I'm teaching my family to be careful when they open things too. We save and reuse paper and bags. I don't think I've actually bought wrapping paper in over 5 years. I buy bows and ribbons and that to add a little extra to the gifts, but with all of the paper and bags we've been given over the years, I just don't have to buy new ones. :)
Jill aka Jo: Movie: Pascal upsidedownsireesanwar on December 22nd, 2014 08:37 pm (UTC)
I do know. I would appreciate it. Sometimes I find it so horrible to even open a well wrapped gift. I just don't want to ruin all the beauty. But what can you do?

Oh yes! I've done this. I've wrapped all my presents for someone and put them into one bag so they have to pull them out and keep unwrapping. It is so fun sometimes.

Our family does this with the bags but not wrapping paper and admittedly we use mostly bags because it is just easy to reuse them. In fact, we just reused one of those GIANT bags this year that we have had for 5 years without it being reused. Passing it onto someone else.

I remember after my first cousin here had a baby shower the entire family was set for life for baby shower bags. It was nuts.
tracyj23: Holiday - Starbucks drinktracyj23 on December 23rd, 2014 12:53 pm (UTC)
My stash of bags is finally dwindling, although I do still have baby gift bags that I have no use for as yet. Most of the Chtistmas and birthday ones are gone now though, so I suppose I'll have to start buying one of these days. :)
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 24th, 2014 06:49 pm (UTC)
Guess so. Yeah we ran out of Christmas ones long ago.

Our birthday ones are pretty stocked except they are all very girly. So when one of the few guys of the family has a birthday... gotta buy a bag!