My LEAST favorite holiday related task is preparing gifts and wrapping them. Though I appreciate creative, pretty, or festive wrapping and bows, I hate doing it. First of all, I am not good at wrapping gifts. My handiwork resembles a toddler. I don’t fold very well, the paper ends up tearing, the bows go on crooked, and the writing on the gift tag is illegible. I am slow as sweet holiday molasses and wrapping just a few gifts is a marathon of tangled tape and bits and scraps. Plus it consumes hours of my time. Quite literally.
So, I go the lazy way, my way, and for those of you like me, your new way. Here are my tips if you hate to wrap:
1.Gift cards! Small, easy, stuff in card.
2.Put a gift in a gift. I’ve “wrapped” gifts in blankets, scarves, towels, and stuffed gifts in tote bags/purses. Slap on a bow. Done.
3.Invest in good, hearty gift bags. For costs and the environment, get ‘em back and reuse ‘em again and again.
4.Hide your gift. Don’t wrap, just make up some clues for where the recipient can find it.
5.Just hand the gift over. No wrap. Explain you are ridiculous and don’t feel like wrapping it. Tell the recipient to shut their eyes and plop in down in front of them.
6.Realize, that if you’d rather “rap” than wrap like me, and you stink at it, again like me, but have to do it anyway, just do your best. That’s true of any holiday task. My kids still love me anyway, even if their gifts look crummy and they have no fresh baked anything (I don’t bake, can’t bake, and that’s another whole story).
Readers, bloggers, what other are the holiday related tasks you can’t take? What do you skip? What do you modify? How do you do it?
Have at it.
Peace and cheers,