Wednesday, November 30, 2011

How the Grinch Wrapped Christmas

I am not a Christmas grinch.  Usually.  I can get caught up in the holiday, the lights, the excitement just as much as the next person.  But there is one Christmas chore that I totally suck eggs at.

Wrapping presents.

It might have something to do with the fact that I usually wait till the night before.  By that time, I'm exhausted so my wrapping handiwork is a little, ahem, lacking.  Unlike my sisters.  Mary, especially.  My sister Mary's packages always have perfect corners, hidden tape (I swear, she must use glue or something), and gorgeous bows and frilly things.  Her wrapping paper is usually the expensive, silk-like kind while mine is the stuff that's on sale at the supermarket the day after Christmas.  Inevitably, she always hangs something cool and cute in the bow like a shiny bell or that raffia organic-looking stuff.  She's the Georgia O'Keefe of wrapped presents while I'm the doodle on the cocktail napkin.

I used to buy those pretty gift bags.  That's kind of the cheater's way to Wrapped Present Stardom.  But then one day my mom said, "But it's always so nice to rip back paper and open a present."  Translation: "I don't like the gift bag thing.  Stop it."

Am I alone in needing Wrapping Presents 101?

19 comments:

Beverly said...

I have the same exact problem! It's always a joke about how awful my presents look, lol. My savior was my daughter Bonnie, until we moved apart. Now things are back to looking like a 5 yr. old cobbled them together. Oh well :)

Jessica Bell said...

I've given up on even buying presents. Everyone I want to buy a gift for is in Aust and I'm too far away. lol.

Joanne said...

I'm pretty good at wrapping. My daughters and I usually wrap together, without peeking, of course. We put on the Christmas tunes and have a merry wrapping time :)

Julie said...

Oh my gosh, I can so relate to this! I am the world's worst when it comes to wrapping. Gift bags are my dear friends.

When I was in college, I worked at a department store over the Christmas break, and one day they sent me to work in gift wrap. I still have nightmares about the experience!

Love the Grinch picture, I totally love him. :)

Pat Hatt said...

hahaha I just plain suck at it and don't try to hide it..haha

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

I am God-awful terrible at wrapping presents, maybe because it's a chore I never much enjoyed. I did some wrapping yesterday, matter of fact, with the "assistance" of my two cats. They were jumping all over the rolls of paper, chewing on the ribbons, and generally being a couple of lovable nuisances. But who cares if there's a few rips in the paper, or if cat hair's stuck in the tape, right? It's the thought that counts, right? (Please tell me it is ... 'cause my wrapping truly sucks!)

Shirley Wells said...

I'm terrible at wrapping presents. The ones I give out always look as if the dog wrapped them in a hurry. I use the gift bags too. So easy. :)

raelynbarclay said...

I have a SIL who does the same thing. Her gift wrapping is practically artwork! I feel like the poor relation compared to her despite being able to wrap a mean present when I have to. Most of the time I keep it pretty basic. I have people trying to sneak looks at gifts so not only do I wrap them as soon as I bring them in the house but hide them too, LOL

Steph Schmidt said...

I use to have that problem. Then I decided I wanted some empty presents to serve as decorations under my fake Christmas tree at my dorm. Practice, sharp scissors and plenty of sleep really do work for getting better at wrapping presents.

Mel Fowler said...

No way, I think it takes practice to do it. You should just buy a bunch of boxes with lids. Wrap them nicely (Cover the box, and the lid for easy removal) Then put the lid on, tie a bow and then reuse them every year.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My wife has told me on more than one occasion that I suck at wrapping. Guess I need that course as well.

KarenG said...

I really enjoy beautifully wrapped gifts arranged under the tree. To me, they are part of the decor. But I don't do the wrapping. I leave that to my husband who was raised by an engineer dad and is picky about these kinds of things. It's painful for him to watch me wrap. I'm horrible at it.

Trisha said...

I basically suck at wrapping presents. I'm very arty as a person, but I'm not crafty. Does that make sense?? hehe

LTM said...

ooo, my MIL is very good at wrapping presents, too. But she worked in one of those little boutique shops. :p I hate wrapping presents, but I'm better than hubs. He never cuts enough paper and then cuts another, mismatched strip to cover the bald spot... LOL! Makes me look like a pro. :D

Twimom227 said...

I HATE wrapping gifts. I'm so with you!

Danette said...

It does help if you're not wrapping at the last minute. We like to have presents under the tree as soon as the tree is up so mine get wrapped almost as soon as they're bought. Except for the ones from Saint Nick and those get wrapped at the last minute with super special wrapping paper that no other present will be wrapped in.

Kittie Howard said...

No, you're not alone! Even when I hang cutsey stuff from bows, insert twigs of pine, I pull a face. They just don't look how I think they should. So, I wrap and stick into bags!

Love the Grinch pic - watched the show on TV the other night.

Liz Fichera said...

I'm going to form a group: Ugly Wrapped Presents Anonymous. Who's with me?!

LD Masterson said...

The key point to remember came from your mom - "But it's always so nice to rip back paper and open a present." Unless you're doing a one on one gift exchange with someone who will stop to notice the package, most family gift exchanges involve a lot more quick ripping and a lot less "Oh, let me admire this lovely wrapping job."