This morning I decided to get myself in gear and wrap Devoted Spouse’s Christmas gifts. I thoroughly enjoy this task because it gives me an opportunity to be creative and have some fun with the gift wrapping. I use lots of ornaments and ribbons to help mask the fact that I’m not the best wrapper — my edges are rarely neat and even. I couldn’t find an appropriately sized box for one gift so I pretty much crammed it into one of those gift bags and hid the top with lots of colored tissue paper — and I warned Devoted Spouse not to even think about touching that one before Christmas! I have to add in here that Devoted Spouse is about the best gift wrapper I have ever known — his edges are so crisp and he never gets those annoying paper bulges I encounter when I wrap. What a guy!
This year I only have a couple of complaints in the gift wrapping arena — one is those obnoxious little stickers that retailers liberally paste all over items telling you they are 10% off or 20% off or whatever. I hate those stickers because they are so difficult to peel off without harming what is underneath. Grrrrr.
I must mention, too, I’m not real successful with scotch tape. Seems more than once I get a piece of it cut, then go to put it on the present only to get it stuck in the wrong place and when trying to peel it off the present I rip the crap out of the whole thing and have to start again. I’m sure that never happens to any of you.
Let’s talk about those pre-made gift boxes you can pick up at Target. I always need shirt-size or something like that to put presents in so the recipient can’t feel the gift underneath the paper; just the box. This year I picked up several sizes at Target and this morning when I tried to put them together I found that they have changed the texture and weight of the boxes. These boxes used to be made out of something like cardboard, but now they’re very flimsy and don’t hold together well. And let me warn you right now, it may say on the box that it is sized for a robe, but that’s a lie (unless you are wrapping a robe for a Barbie doll). So beware of box sizes. Note to Devoted Spouse: No, you are not getting a robe; that was just an example. Gah.
Wrapping Christmas is still a fun time for me. Of course, we all know the REALLY fun part is when you get to rip into that wrapping paper! C’mon Christmas!!