I’m a bit late on this one, but I’ll post anyway. My thoughts this week turn to wrapping, and I am reminded of my previous post on the topic here. I wrap gifts in plain paper off of a big roll that we buy at IKEA for Daughter, and then I let her draw all over the packages. All the previous years, she has drawn princesses and fairies, but this year she has moved on to Christmas images. I knew this time would come, but I still wasn’t ready for it. So it seems we will be celebrating Christmas this year with nary a princess nor fairy.
Daughter has also taken responsibility for writing out gift tags. She alternates between cutting and designing her own or using some pre-made ones. If push came to shove, I might also give her some address labels to color, cut and decorate.
We don’t really do ribbons on gifts for ourselves, as it seems to be very wasteful and superfluous. If we do use ribbon, it is usually something that can be used again, perhaps out of the sewing box, or raffia that has come off of some other package. We do have a stash of that plastic stuff that we use for packages that need to be very socially presentable.
We also have a small stash of gift bags and proper wrapping paper, but I really dislike braving the shops at this time of year, fighting off everyone else trying to buy wrapping materials. I have gotten quite good at preserving what comes our way throughout the year, and Martha Stewart has some nice ideas for using up wrapping papers, and there are also some general nice ideas of wrapping with odd things here.
Finally, before you throw out all the wrapping paper at the end of Christmas, be sure to check out these ideas of re-using wrapping paper. I love the tray and the matting ideas. I am actually kind of excited to see if I can re-use some bits, especially for Daughter to brighten up her room.