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Title: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Venus193 on December 25, 2008, 08:22:17 AM
I just finished wrapping gifts and I have to say I've definitely scaled back on what I used to do.  The smaller items are wrapped in Christmas tissue and the larger ones in super-strength Reynolds Wrap.  Those have metallic curling ribbon on them, but I will never do this again except for really large items.

I used to do the curling ribbon thing on every gift, but it's just too much when you have 3 cats demanding attention.

A distant former colleague once talked about wrapping gifts in newsprint and putting bows on them.  That might be traditional, but I can't see that.

Someone on another forum doesn't wrap gifts at all; thinks it's wasteful and that it's even rude to make someone open wrapping.  I just shook my head and "kept my mouth shut."

What say you, E-Hellions?
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: FoxPaws on December 25, 2008, 09:32:21 AM
Merry Christmas, Venus!

I used to really "Martha Stewart" the stuff. Coordinating themed wrap for all my gifts, loads of tissue paper, matching tags, work-of-art bows, etc. No gift bags for me! Over the years, it just got tedious - and expensive - to do all that.

Nowadays I wrap most things in tissue paper and use ribbon to tie it/decorate. I keep one roll of Christmas paper on hand for large items. The only things in boxes are things that are originally packaged in them. Everything else is rolled or wrapped as is - tissue paper is marvelously flexible. I do use gift bags, but I must confess: I've never bought any - they're all recycled from gifts I was given.* I use gift tags for parties or large multi person exchanges, but if I am presenting in person, I don't. I've also used a gold or silver marker to write the to/from info directly on the gift.

Holiday themes and color schemes are out (except for that one roll of paper and some of the recycled gift bags). I try to make everything look bright and festive, but I might use fuchsia and turquoise with white satin ribbon to do that. Actually, I make it a point not to use red & green if I can help it. ;)

*I work on the assumption that gift bags are meant to be recycled. The same for bows. I will even admit to (Grandma would be proud) rescuing large pieces of gift wrap. I am, of course, careful to remove any and all traces of previous use from anything I recycle, but I cannot fathom the idea of trashing (undamaged) stuff like that after only one use.

As for etiquette. I think it comes down to knowing your recipient. There are probably people out there who think using tissue as an outer wrap is cheap, others who think using tearable paper is wasteful. I think wrapping a gift makes it more exciting; someone else might feel it's too much pressure on the recipient to feign an emotion when they don't know what they're getting. Still another might believe a gift isn't truly a gift unless the giver has gone to some trouble to conceal and present it.

Apologies for the novel length, and I hope whatever the style, your gifts are received graciously! :)
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Samantha on December 25, 2008, 10:05:58 AM
I went overboard this year on some gifts... and then I got lazy. That happens though when you are wrapping the gifts you bought, in addition to the gifts your parents bought each other, and even a few they bought you (I was with them when they bought them, so it wasn't a big deal... the surprise present, they wrapped themselves).

By going overboard, I mean that I wrapped them in Christmas boxes... and then wrapping paper. Dad started to say something about it, and Mom and I both pointed out to him that a good portion of the paper that we have is stuff that they bought from the school fundraiser when I was in elementary school (I'm 29) or that I bought when I worked at Walgreen's the day after Christmas (11 years ago).
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Kaypeep on December 25, 2008, 10:32:06 AM
I think gifts should be wrapped, but what that wrapping is is up to the giver.  I also think it's acceptable to not wrap a gift IF you put it in a gift bag.  This rule applies to birthdays and holidays.  If you give a "just because" gift, it doesn't have to be wrapped.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: wordgirl on December 25, 2008, 11:07:28 AM
I am a wrapping dominatrix.  >:D >:D Everything in the same paper, fancy bows (usually I use fabric ribbon) and everyone else better keep their mitts off my wrapping paper. (I say this more nicely than it sounds ;) )

I did scale it back a little this year, jewel-tone metallic paper with matching metallic ribbon. Last year I did candy-cane paper with green ribbon and baby candy canes attached to the bows.

It's not expensive because I  always pick up my paper at the 75 percent off sale. Right now I'm two years ahead - next year will either be ivory and gold or a burgundy/pine green foil print. Haven't decided. :D If I had kids, I'd never go this far but I figure hey, I have the time.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: magicdomino on December 25, 2008, 11:20:10 AM
I wrap, but I don't go crazy over it.  Christmas paper, ribbons, etc. are bought half price after Christmas (bonus if the paper can be used for other occasions  :) ).  My favorite package decorations are old Christmas cards; I cut off the front and glue it to the wrapped box.  Women's Day and Family Circle used to have a page of labels in their December issues, but I don't think they do that any more.  And for the record, I think gift bags are one of the best inventions ever.  Don't have a box?  Wrap it in tissue and plop it in a bag!   8)
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Sharnita on December 25, 2008, 11:22:01 AM
I would be really sad and hurt if my gifts weren't wrapped.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: whiterose on December 25, 2008, 12:20:07 PM
I prefer putting things in gift bags. Why? Because gift bags are reusable. Even out of season they are still cool. I don't put tissue in them either. Just plop the present inside the bag.

My presents as a child were rarely ever wrapped IIRC. I did not mind.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Information_queen on December 25, 2008, 03:00:29 PM
I like to make them pretty.  I don't go all out, but my presents are wrapped nicely with ribbons.  This year, I had blue and silver paper with a silver wire ribbon and these really cute tags (got 'em at Sam's Tuesday - some of you probably know the ones I'm talking about).  I ran out of paper at the end, so I sent Jason to Walgreen's to get more, with the only rule being it must have silver in it to match my ribbon.

So they were all pretty.  And there was no duck tape  >:D like Jason's presents usually have.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: MeeLee on December 25, 2008, 03:07:19 PM
I use gift bags because when I try to wrap a gift it looks really bad.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: AmethystAnne on December 25, 2008, 03:11:44 PM
I use 3 pieces of scotch tape if I wrap gifts instead of using gifts bags.

For the co-workers, I use gift bags and a pretty, 2/$1  seasonal dishcloth on top of the gift instead of the tissue paper.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Vilandra on December 25, 2008, 03:16:25 PM
I don't go too Martha Stewart (but I am tempted, my mom had gorgeous bows and tags on our packages this year and it looked great!), but I do use new, festive wrapping paper and stick-on bows.

Our packages from MIL were wrapped in obviously used wrapping paper...some of it was in okay shape, but a couple of the packages fell apart the minute they were touched.   ::)  I'm not trying to be rude, and if it was a lack of funds thing I would understand, but honestly, I think wrapping in the funny pages would be a bit nicer than wrapping paper that looks like it's seen more Christmases than I have.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: M-theory on December 25, 2008, 03:23:20 PM
I don't think there's any etiquette attached, though of course I could be wrong according to Miss Manners or Emily Post. I might be a little hurt if I was the one person who didn't get their gifts wrapped or bagged, but I have no problem with some quirky soul deciding not to gift package at all.

I'm bothered by people who are particular about gifts in any way. I was raised with very strong reinforcement of the idea that a gift is always a favor on the giver's part and that nothing else matters - as long as it isn't wildly inappropriate (latex lingerie for grandmother) or malicious (live rattlesnakes), of course.

My family uses gift bags exclusively. I'm capable of wrapping things the old-fashioned way, but it isn't terribly impressive when I do and I certainly don't feel the need. This is the first year I was able to get the tissue paper in the bags to look properly fluffed up!

Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: StaciNadia on December 25, 2008, 04:23:15 PM
 :-[  I have like a dozen rolls of wrapping paper.  Because we have so many, they usually last for a few years.  Every year, we get some new rolls to replace the ones that emptied.  I get them in different colors with cute patterns. 

I'm not really a gift bag person, but I have used them occasionally (I got a No Peeking bag from Hallmark for a Red present this year.  It was hilarious, and I want to use it every year).  However, I certainly don't mind having gifts given in gift bags.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: macysnail on December 25, 2008, 05:54:50 PM
I love wrapped gifts but I think wrapping paper is horribly wasteful and not environmentally friendly so I don't generally use it.  I try to wrap in things we already have, newspaper, paper bags, plastic bags, or I'll use bags that are truly reusable.  I've had to get really creative over the years to make presents wrapped in plastic bags look pretty but I generally accomplish it.  My favorite christmas I wrapped everything in brown paper with twine and dressed it up with evergreen sprigs from the christmas tree.  it was gorgeous, at least to me.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Keres on December 25, 2008, 06:57:25 PM
I've done years where I saved the comics for a couple weeks and then used that as wrapping paper.  Until my grandmother died, we all wrapped our gifts to her in the crossword puzzle section.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: onikenbai on December 25, 2008, 07:19:12 PM
I went to gift wrapping school.  How geeky is that?  I used to mall wrap.  I love doing Christmas Eve... it's like an extreme sport.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: still in va on December 25, 2008, 08:10:13 PM
i used to save the bows from year to year and tape them onto the packages, as the sticky stuff was long gone.  now my DIL gathers up all of the bows to save and reuse. 

my DD and DIL have passed the same purple box with a gold bow back and forth for the last few years. 

i LOVE gift bags for all occasions, and i always use tissue paper (usually white).  i also have around 6 large felt drawstring bags decorated with various Christmas themes that i got at Michael's in an extreme sale. 

but we wrap plenty of the boxes the old fashioned way with wrapping paper, bows, and tags. 

i guess what i'm trying to say is that my wrapping style is to wrap all gifts in the way that is appropriate to that gift, and to the receiver.  before gift bags became popular, just about everything went into a box...any kind of box, so they could be more easily wrapped.

oh, and i just have to share one of our traditions.  we call it the Martha Stewart box.  when my DD was 13 or 14, she used a gorgeous green, burgundy, and gold plaid paper on a paper box.  the large kind that multiple reams of copy paper comes in.  the top of the box was wrapped in gold foil, with a huge gold bow.  we have used that box every year for the past 15 or 16 years.  a new tag gets stuck onto the old one each year.  the plaid paper is becoming a little tired, the top still looks great, but every time we start thinking about replacing the plaid paper so it looks better, we stop.  why mess with tradition?  yes it could look a little fresher, but there have been a lot of gifts, purchased and presented with much love, in that box.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: kherbert05 on December 25, 2008, 10:17:26 PM
Bags for everything except the largest gifts. They are saved and reused for years. We have been passing the same ones back and forth for years.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: snowfire on December 25, 2008, 10:27:16 PM
It totally varies in our house.  Depends on how tired people are, size and shape of gift, and if I really want to puzzle DH who love to pinch, poke, shake and squeeze.

We have a couple of really pretty iridescent boxes that are 20+ years old that still look good and make the rounds if there is an appropriate gift.  I've got some beautiful paper that I may wrap some boxes in so that they are re-useable, because the paper is too nice to just toss.

I save bows, gift bags and some wrapping paper, but it is all trimmed before using again.

I also do gift bags for odd shape or size things.  This year most everything was in gift bags because it was a very quiet Christmas.  DH has bronchitis, Mom is still unpacking from her move, and I was just pooped.

I did have a lot of fun one year wrapping a double rifle case for DH.  I took a bicycle size gift bag, put the case in it, poured in plastic packing peanuts till it filled the bottom third of the bag, tied a ribbon around the middle and poured in more packing peanuts, then tied the top.  Sorta looked like a snowman.  He never guessed that one.  ;D

I've also done my share of wrapping in retail when I worked in the jewelry store.  The toughest one we did was a 100 pound mineral specimen.  It took two of us to lift the box and we had to wrap it on the floor because it was too heavy for the table.  Looked great when we were done though.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: demarco on December 26, 2008, 06:34:52 AM
Every couple of years I go to the after Christmas sales and stock up on paper, ribbon, tags, and do dads to tape onto the packages.   (I don't have to go this year, thank goodness.)  I like every gift under the tree to be wrapped differently so I keep quite an assortment.  I use some gift bags (have been recycling some for as long as fifteen years).   I find that most Christmas wrap is in the red/green/silver/gold or white range so I am always on the lookout for blue/purple/and orange to add variety.   
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: high dudgeon on December 26, 2008, 10:55:10 AM
"Just a box with bright-colored paper,
And the whole thing's topped with a bow.
What's in it?
What's in it?
That's the point of the thing, not to know!"    ;D

I have to admit, I'd feel a bit let down to receive an unwrapped gift. I wouldn't think ill of the giver, but I love those few moments of "What on earth could this be?" I love the surprise, and just handing an item to someone takes away from that. If you want to be environmentally conscious, there are plenty of ways to do that, like using gift bags (that get reused dozens of times), or recycled paper, or the comics, or even a piece of fabric that a crafty recipient can do something with.

I wrap most presents in regular wrapping paper with the curly ribbons. I'll use a gift bag if I'm giving a present that consists of lots of little things, and I won't wrap them individually. I keep some tissue paper around to wrap awkwardly shaped items, because it makes it much easier.

The only way I think etiquette comes into this is in the sense of being mindful of the person you're giving the gift to. Giving a present wrapped with lots of ribbon and difficult knots might not be the best idea for a person with bad arthritis in their hands. Or if you have an environmentalist like the one mentioned above on your list, you probably don't want to upset them by giving them a present wrapped in tons of boxes, wrapping paper, tissue, ribbon and confetti. But for most people, I don't see how it could be rude or offensive to just wrap a present in any of the ways mentioned here.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: wagner23 on December 26, 2008, 12:34:35 PM
I am a little confused, OP.  You wrap your large items in actual aluminum foil, or plastic wrap?   ??? 
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Calbrini on December 26, 2008, 12:46:14 PM
I just use the rolls of wrapping paper fastened with sellotape. For the kids I use different coloured stuff so I dont get them mixed up and a more 'grown up' design (like holly or something) for everyone else. If I am giving booze as a gift then I use bottle gift bags.

I know people who spend ages wrapping gifts making them look perfect when realy I dont think anyone actually looks and thinks "Oh, how perfectly wrapped it is!".
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: wordgirl on December 26, 2008, 01:33:22 PM
I just use the rolls of wrapping paper fastened with sellotape. For the kids I use different coloured stuff so I dont get them mixed up and a

I know people who spend ages wrapping gifts making them look perfect when realy I dont think anyone actually looks and thinks "Oh, how perfectly wrapped it is!".

I'm sure most people say this about my elaborately wrapped gifts but I do it to please my own sense of aesthetics, so I'm fine.

I did just score some more wrapping paper that I might use next year instead of the stuff I've already bought. I do prefer solid-color paper to prints, and I got the most gorgeous glowy-olive paper at Target. It's going to look stunning with gold bows.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: TootsNYC on December 26, 2008, 01:52:58 PM
I love wrapping presents; I follow the idea that I like to give people the experience of getting "a gift" in addition to whatever is inside.

. . . . I love those few moments of "What on earth could this be?" I love the surprise. . . . But for most people, I don't see how it could be rude or offensive to just wrap a present in any of the ways mentioned here.

That's what I'm aiming for, when I get fancy. I want them to feel "fussed over" for a few moments, in ADDITION to being pleased w/ the spice rack in the box.


And I grew up in a family in which we all admired the wrapping from all angles before we opened the present.

And so I turned my nose up at gift bags for a long time. (Not that I thought they were *rude*; just that I knew "no present of mine would ever be in a gift bag!" LOL! They've grown on me, however.

Lately, I've left myself too little time, so I just wrap and write the name on the top in thick black marker.

My etiquette issue is, I'm not fond of the way that my IL's family opens presents--everybody all at once, in a big mob scene. So I get a stingy feeling when I wrap presents for them, and I won't use my favorite wrapping paper, bcs they won't admire its effect. And then I feel rude for feeling stingy w/ the wrapping paper.

But every year that I try to break through that, I end up grumpy seeing the presents just opened so quickly, and all my effort and "taste" wasted (i.e., nobody saying, "gee, what pretty paper!"), so I go back to using whatever's around. Some years I even deliberately buy "just some sort of Christmas wrapping paper that's really cheap" for their presents.

People *do* say "How pretty!" when they get a fancily wrapped present. In my IL's family, at bridal & baby showers, I go all out, and it gets commented on, room-wide, every time.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Venus193 on December 26, 2008, 02:15:42 PM
I bought a large roll of the super strong Reynolds wrap because of the box I used to mail Blanche her gifts.  The postal service apparently has a major problem with people reusing boxes that have company names on them, which makes no sense whatsoever.  The boxes Yves Rocher uses are way sturdier than the ones the postal service sells, so I wrapped the box in the strong foil before putting on the labels.

That gave me the not-so-brilliant idea to use the stuff on some of the larger items I gave to my other friend's family, but decided that doing this again would be restricted to large boxes, like board games.  The creases are permanent and without having a really isolated place to do this and a table, it's a royal pain.

The amethyst necklace I made for Hilda was put into a gold jewelry-store-type cardboard box and tied with the metallic curling ribbon.  The Caswell Massey six-pack for her husband was wrapped in the store (muted metallic gold paper with gold mesh ribbon).  Everything else was wrapped in Christmas tissue.   Package tag labels were peel-and-stick.

Years ago I was a Wrapzilla:  All the same paper and bows, tags on the same theme (imported ecru foldovers with gold glitter and string).  I do the gift bag and fluffed tissue thing now if presenting to a single individual; not practical if transporting 14 gifts to a friend's house.

I do tend to buy cards and paper on January 15th when they're 75% off, but there are lots of discount stores in my area that have the cool bags for almost nothing.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: MannerMOG on December 26, 2008, 02:56:37 PM
Receiving a fancy wrapped gift makes me feel extra special, whether it's paper wrapped or in a gift bag.  However, for Christmas presents I just wrap and add a stick on bow or curling ribbon, because the packages either have to be mailed or I have 40+ to do for my large family.  I fuss a bit more over their birthday gifts.  I think a pretty bag with fresh tissue and ribbon is just as nice as a package.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: mbbored on December 26, 2008, 03:19:35 PM
I use plain brown wrapping paper, nice gold and white wide ribbon, and label with plain white mailing labels and gold pen.

My sister took that idea, and has her kids stamp her plain brown paper with gold and silver ink, with Christmas shapes during Christmas, various kid things for birthdays, etc.  Her husband cuts a name out of metallic paper with sticky backing and attaches it to the top of the package.

Little bro was inspired and uses brown grocery bags, inside out, and creates elaborate tags out of fancy craft paper.

Older bro and FSIL got on board this year with the brown paper, and used lots of multicolored raffia to tie the packages.

My mother sticks with gift bags and boxes.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Elfqueen13 on December 27, 2008, 03:04:43 PM
My mother makes quilted, reusable gift bags.  I love seeing the fabrics she finds.  One in particular used to be the Christmas tablecloth until it got something on it that couldn't be removed.  So Mom just cut out the stained bit and made bags from the rest.  They're great for odd-shaped gifts like stuffed animals.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Brentwood on December 27, 2008, 03:06:47 PM
My favorite christmas I wrapped everything in brown paper with twine and dressed it up with evergreen sprigs from the christmas tree.  it was gorgeous, at least to me.

That sounds charming and lovely.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Brentwood on December 27, 2008, 03:08:05 PM
and that it's even rude to make someone open wrapping. 

"Make" someone open wrapping? If I give someone a wrapped gift and they find it rude that I've "made" them open the wrapping paper, the solution is that they need not accept gifts from me anymore.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: kkl123 on December 27, 2008, 03:21:01 PM
I'm about the only one on either side of the family that likes wrapping presents... in fact, my dream job when I was 6, was to be allowed to wrap packages for one of the big department stores: they used shiny paper!!!

I also sew.  So I make simple gift bags on the serger of various sizes.  Some of "Christmas fabric", some of scraps of whatever's leftover... just plain flat bags that stuff will fit in, sort of like pillowcases.  Tie the neck of the bag with a strip of tulle or ribbon, hang a tag on it, and it's done.  I always say I'm going to quit making them when I start getting them back.  So far, no returns, but I know they circulate widely on both sides -- I recognized previous year's bags under the tree in photos from my SIL and two different aunts.  So I guess I'll just keep on keeping on.  This years' bags were red and blue metallic knits from the dollar table.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Venus193 on December 27, 2008, 07:22:47 PM
and that it's even rude to make someone open wrapping. 

"Make" someone open wrapping? If I give someone a wrapped gift and they find it rude that I've "made" them open the wrapping paper, the solution is that they need not accept gifts from me anymore.

I agree; personally I think the person with that opinion is either lazy or socially clueless.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Pinky830 on December 27, 2008, 08:11:22 PM
I went to gift wrapping school.  How geeky is that?  I used to mall wrap.  I love doing Christmas Eve... it's like an extreme sport.

I worked at a jewelry store during Christmas for several years, so I rock at wrapping really small presents.  :)

I can't imagine that there's any etiquette regarding gift wrapping; such a thing has never occurred to me. I do a lot of gift bags because they're reusable and I think they look cute, actually. I do end up wrapping several every year.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: 42_42_42 on December 27, 2008, 09:57:19 PM
I purchase coordinating wrapping paper and gift tags and cloth ribbon (some with the wire for forming bows). I also purchase coordinating tissue and gift bags. I am slowly but surely switching over from stick on bows and curling ribbon to cloth bows only. Everyone always hands me the bows back, so I can reuse them and my cat doesn't eat them and then barf bits of ribbon up all over the house. I spend a lot of time making sure each present is beautifully wrapped. If my DH helps wrap, then I make sure to give him one roll and its matching labels and then I go back and add ribbon. For gift bags that don't have a gift tag attached, I hand-make gift tags and then tie those to the handle of the gift bag, I don't like gift labels stuck to the bag.  But then, I actually like wrapping presents. I put on holiday movies and make a day of it.

It might sound nuts, and I may very well change once we have kids, but I just love the look of beautifully wrapped packages under my tree and I love giving someone a present and them exclaiming over how pretty the package is.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: WildChild@Heart on December 27, 2008, 10:03:30 PM
I don't buy christmas wrapping paper. I wrap packages in brown paper (like postal shipping paper) Then I use raffia red/green or natural or fabric wired ribbons. I also use my glue gun to add decorations like evergreen,pinecones, birds, acorns and other nature/natural type items.

I try not to use bags unless the item is just really difficult to wrap, then I use browm paper gift bags and "dress" them up myself.
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Post by: Scritzy on December 27, 2008, 10:08:30 PM
For me, gift bags are one of the greatest inventions of all time. All they need is tissue fluffed in them, and they can be reused for years.

I bought my grandniece a Christmas basket that I filled with goodies wrapped in tissue paper. It looked very pretty and took very little effort to make it look good. And she LOVED opening all those individual tissue-wrapped things.

I used to do the whole Martha-Stewart-matching-wrap-tags thing, or the sponge-printed-brown-wrapper-string-with-beads thing, but I've gotten out of it. Chip doesn't care, and he's the one who gets the most gifts from me. Maybe someday when I get Christmas spirit again, I'll get back to the fancy stuff.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Elle on December 28, 2008, 06:55:23 AM
I always feel bad about opening a really, really gorgeously wrapped present. It's the crafter in me who wants to preserve all that hard work.  ::) ;)

Sunday funnies make THE best wrapping paper.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Shores on December 28, 2008, 07:06:57 AM
I went all out this year and it was really fun! I had 4 different kinds of paper that all worked together colors-wise,a bunch of red, silver and gold ribbon and lots of little doohickies. I used little pinecones, tiny Xmas ornaments and really bizarre ideas. For BIL's gifts (2 big toolboxes and a GC to a toolshop), I tied plastic toy tools to the gifts, even a little plastic nail on the GC and it was all tied together with rope. It was really cute and little nephew got some plastic tools out of the deal. My fav was on one of MIL's gifts. MIL always put up this huge lines around the house at Xmas time and clips up all the Xmas cards she gets (100s. its amazing.) so one her gift, I put a line of ribbon and 7 miniature Xmas cards, one with each letter of her name.

Up until this year, I was totally a gift bag girl or I just didn't wrap at all, but I was surprised by how much fun I had doing it. I even had to take a picture of all the gifts when they were done. I'm a dork. :P
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: high dudgeon on December 28, 2008, 01:45:51 PM
That's what I'm aiming for, when I get fancy. I want them to feel "fussed over" for a few moments, in ADDITION to being pleased w/ the spice rack in the box.

I think there's a little confusion here. The reaction I'm talking about isn't the same as the reaction you're talking about. It's not a matter of feeling "fussed over" - that actually makes me quite uncomfortable. And the comic section and string would be exactly the same to me as expensive paper and lots of ribbon and extras. It's the game of "I don't know what's in this box, but I'm going to try to guess!" It's a puzzle, and I love that. And I never have to wait long to learn the answer!  ;D Same ballpark, different game. But I'm with you on loving to wrap presents!
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: crafty_rach on January 14, 2009, 06:53:27 AM
 :( I reuse wrapping paper all the time. It's just the way myself (and the majority of people I seem to know) were brought up to do it ... birthdays are all about carefully unwrapping your gift, folding the paper and putting it to one side  ;D When I go to use it again I usually trim the side a little to get rid of any tears or sticky tape marks. Anything not reusable goes in the recycling bin.

I guess it just falls into the same category of habits for me as not leaving the tap running while you are brushing your teeth (turn on/off when you need to rinse etc), putting jars/bottles/paper in the recycling bin instead of the rubbish and reusing containers.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Venus193 on January 14, 2009, 08:55:26 AM
My mother used to save wrapping paper, especially the nice stuff.  This is not possible when the person wrapping the gift uses too much tape.

I try to use a little tape as possible so as to make the wrapping easier to open.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: TootsNYC on January 14, 2009, 05:28:30 PM
That's what I'm aiming for, when I get fancy. I want them to feel "fussed over" for a few moments, in ADDITION to being pleased w/ the spice rack in the box.

I think there's a little confusion here. The reaction I'm talking about isn't the same as the reaction you're talking about. It's not a matter of feeling "fussed over" - that actually makes me quite uncomfortable. And the comic section and string would be exactly the same to me as expensive paper and lots of ribbon and extras. It's the game of "I don't know what's in this box, but I'm going to try to guess!" It's a puzzle, and I love that. And I never have to wait long to learn the answer!  ;D Same ballpark, different game. But I'm with you on loving to wrap presents!

Ah, I see the difference. And I do feel that the suspense is part of the fun. (That's why I don't like gift bags, actually--too fast, less suspense. Maybe speed is good for you, but I like my anticipation s l o w  and   d r a w n   o u t.)

But I also feel that a fancily wrapped present adds to the "what's IN here?!" vibe.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Lady Snowdon on January 14, 2009, 05:42:05 PM
I just use the rolls of wrapping paper fastened with sellotape. For the kids I use different coloured stuff so I dont get them mixed up and a more 'grown up' design (like holly or something) for everyone else. If I am giving booze as a gift then I use bottle gift bags.

I know people who spend ages wrapping gifts making them look perfect when realy I dont think anyone actually looks and thinks "Oh, how perfectly wrapped it is!".


I might be the only one then.   :-[  I do look at gifts and marvel at how they're wrapped, how pretty the paper is, if it's got bows or ribbon, etc. 

I like wrapping gifts but I generally only do it for Christmas.  Other holidays like birthdays tend to get gifts in gift bags.  Sadly, I can't really reuse many of the gift bags I get, because people have either written who it is for on the gift tag, or they stuck a tag right on the side of the bag, so I can't get it off.  I prefer to do envelopes with people's names on them on top of the gift, so the gift bag can be reused if they want to.  My mom and I way over think this...
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: wordgirl on January 14, 2009, 05:44:24 PM
  Other holidays like birthdays tend to get gifts in gift bags.  Sadly, I can't really reuse many of the gift bags I get, because people have either written who it is for on the gift tag, or they stuck a tag right on the side of the bag, so I can't get it off.  I prefer to do envelopes with people's names on them on top of the gift, so the gift bag can be reused if they want to.  My mom and I way over think this...
When I use gift bags I do the same thing. :D
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: kingsrings on January 14, 2009, 05:46:16 PM
I prefer wrapped gifts (for giving and receiving), but I can’t wrap presents decently worth squat. Too bad, because they’re pretty. So a lot of the time I rely on gift bags for giving. And yes, I most definitely re-use them, because it’s so wasteful to just throw them away when they’re perfectly usable.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Suze on January 14, 2009, 06:00:41 PM
If they have only written on the gift TAG - I just cut that tag off and tie a new one on.

and if they have written my name on the bag -- well it is a family joke about sending the bags back home for "refills" the next year. 

Only with family though.

and if they put a sticky tag on the side of the bag -- well you can always put a BIGGER tag over it.....

that also only works for Family

(No, I'm not cheap or anything)
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: SisJackson on January 15, 2009, 04:23:39 AM
My wrapping is instantly recognizable under the family Christmas tree.  Back in the late 90s I bought a gigantic roll of green paper with red poinsettias printed on it from BigBoxClubStore.  At the time, I had no idea how huge this roll actually was.  I have wrapped almost every one* of my Christmas gifts in that paper ever since, and I am still only about two-thirds through it.  It's become something of a family joke, where someone (usually my MIL) picks up one of the gifts and turns it over and over melodramatically asking, "Now who could this be from?"

I used to put curling ribbon and bows on my gifts, but a very expensive trip to the veterinarian put a stop to that.  Kitties ingesting curling ribbon = very bad news.

I used to put tags on my gifts, but one year I forgot to do them and inadvertently "fixed" a problem that had been going on for a long time - my SIL and her husband are both notorious gift-feelers and will sneak under the tree and snag their gifts and molest them until they guess what is inside.  My forgetting the tags meant they didn't know which gifts were theirs, and they are not so crass as to manhandle all the gifts, so they were forced to leave them all alone.  Ever since, I have distributed my gifts by memory.  Sometimes I do have to cop a quick feel of the wrapped gift to give my brain a nudge, but it's worked well.

One of my DH's sisters is an architect, and she wraps her gifts in unneeded blueprints from her firm.  It's a very interesting medium and after she adds ribbon is quite pretty.

*One of my good friends works for an environmental firm that guides people in making good choices for the earth - even though she doesn't get on my case for wrapping gifts in paper, I just can't bring myself to do it when it comes to her gifts.  Therefore, hers get wrapped in a dish towel and tied with a fabric ribbon.  (So she has a bunch of dish towels that don't match; she doesn't care.)
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: TootsNYC on January 15, 2009, 02:05:48 PM
My wrapping is instantly recognizable under the family Christmas tree.  Back in the late 90s I bought a gigantic roll of green paper with red poinsettias printed on it from BigBoxClubStore.  At the time, I had no idea how huge this roll actually was.  I have wrapped almost every one* of my Christmas gifts in that paper ever since, and I am still only about two-thirds through it.  It's become something of a family joke, where someone (usually my MIL) picks up one of the gifts and turns it over and over melodramatically asking, "Now who could this be from?"



Now, I would be saving up that wrapping paper as I unwrapped gifts one year, and then I'd wrap every one of MY gifts to YOU in it. Just to yank your chain.

(I used to always use penguin paper, and never put a "from" on it--the paper was supposed to be enough to clue you in.)
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Xallanthia on January 16, 2009, 02:21:07 PM
I wrap gifts in coordinating paper (every year I buy paper with green/red/gold themes, so this isn't hard) and top with curling ribbon.  For the last 5 years, I also included a handmade wire-ribbon bow as part of the bow, which could be re-used.  I didn't have time to do that on all my presents this year, though.  I'll probably start making them earlier in the year next year so I can do it again!

I love wrapping and don't use gift bags unless necessary.  I love making all my presents look beautiful wrapped under the tree.  However, I do it for me--I don't care what others do.  I do like it to be wrapped somehow, though.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: aventurine on January 17, 2009, 04:29:15 PM
Years ago, we changed our Christmas decorations from the traditional red/green/gold to a funkier, more "us" scheme of blue/purple/white/silver.  We buy paper, ribbons and bags accordingly so that when the presents go under the tree, they'll look like they belong.

Enter DH's stepmother.  She hates blue.  She's also super-traditional.  I always feel a little funny giving her gift bags in blue and/or purple, so I try to either wrap her gifts or use white/silver bags.  This year, I was desperate and had to use a lovely blue bag with a pretty photo of a white and silver tree on it.  She asked me if I wanted it back.  I said "no" because I consider the bag part of the present, and didn't want to seem possessive of my bag. 

When we went to leave, I noticed she'd put the bag with my purse.   ;D  What can I say?  The woman truly hates the color blue, which is kind of sad considering it's my FIL's favorite color.

I like to take lidded boxes and wrap the box and lid separately.  My mother loves loves loves this and still has boxes I wrapped like that when I was a teenager coughtwentyyearsagocough.  She stores her small Christmas doodads in them, and gives them to people she knows will give them back to her next year!
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Venus193 on January 17, 2009, 06:38:38 PM
I usually wrap the box and lid separately, too!  The only time I don't do that is when the box and lid are already decorative (like the nice gold ones made for jewelry), when I just either put on a contrasting ribbon and bow or wrap it first in paper like the other paper in the group.

The last time I did a serious job of the box and lid thing was when I gave my college buddy a serious quantity of Playboy barware for Christmas three years ago.  I found wrapping paper with the rabbit head icon on it and wrapped the lids in it and then grabbed copier paper boxes at the office.  The boxes were wrapped in plain white paper.  He still has them.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: wordgirl on January 19, 2009, 09:18:10 AM
I made my first origami gift box last night. :D It's sitting here very cute with a necklace in it for a friend.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: kingsrings on January 27, 2009, 01:19:25 PM
Recently my brother’s Japanese GF came to visit us. In Japan, the cultural custom for giving gifts stipulates that they must be wrapped, and wrapped very nicely. It’s insulting if it isn’t, because it looks like one hasn’t taken the time and care with the gift, presentation is very important. My mom and I took our gifts to her to Macy’s to be wrapped because neither of us are good enough gift wrappers to satisfy this ‘requirement’.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: TootsNYC on January 27, 2009, 03:56:01 PM
Recently my brother’s Japanese GF came to visit us. In Japan, the cultural custom for giving gifts stipulates that they must be wrapped, and wrapped very nicely. It’s insulting if it isn’t, because it looks like one hasn’t taken the time and care with the gift, presentation is very important. My mom and I took our gifts to her to Macy’s to be wrapped because neither of us are good enough gift wrappers to satisfy this ‘requirement’.

I will confess that I think this, even though I'm not Japanese. I'm totally willing to cut people some slack, and i completely understand that some people just aren't good at gift wrapping.

But I'm not charmed by a gift given in sloppily prepared wrapping. And the newspaper is acceptable when you're little, or if it's the paper from your birthday.

My DH used to wrap gifts by smushing aluminum foil around them, and if I'm completely honest, I'll admit that I thought it was rude. I got him to stop as quickly as I could.

and I think that instinct is why I don't really like gift bags. They just seem so uninvolved. I will use them *only* for presents that wouldn't fit in any other bag.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: sbtier on February 17, 2009, 04:46:00 PM
I must be one of the most horrible gift-wrappers on the planet.  My 'style' is to pay someone else to do it or if pressed, put the present in a gift bag.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Venus193 on February 17, 2009, 06:40:58 PM
I will often wrap something and put it in a gift bag if it's a birthday gift.  Christmas gets one or the other, but not both.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: ZipTheWonder on March 16, 2009, 09:54:20 PM
I have a huge stockpile of plain brown bags of various sizes that I buy whenever I see them on sale.  I also get the large packages of variety tissue solids from Costco.  I also buy pretty ribbons, including the large spools of curling ribbon in every color, when it's on sale. 

Baby boy gift?  Plain brown gift bag, two or three sheets of baby-blue tissue and some kind of blue print or solid ribbon to tie it up. 

Christmas?  Plain brown gift bag, green/red/white tissues and some kind of Christmas print ribbon to tie it up. 

Birthday gift?  Plain brown gift bag, a few sheets of pink and brown tissue and some pink ribbon with brown polka dots to tie it up.

You get the idea...
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: nekoro on March 16, 2009, 10:36:25 PM
It's a good thing my family only does this among ourselves, otherwise we would be the rudest gift givers ever.  :P

For us, a present is as much a prank as a gift.  We love to wrap things weirdly, or make it really hard to get to.  Notorious among us was the time my parents gave my brother a gift card...inside a refrigerator box.  But the box was very nicely wrapped.  ;D  For a couple of years running I had a treasure hunt for every one of my little brother's gifts.  Last Christmas, I got my sister 3 pairs of fluffy socks, and wrapped each sock individually.  You get the idea.

However, anything given outside the immediate family is always wrapped nicely or placed inside a gift bag, we don't torture anyone else this way. >:D
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: WHATSNEW on March 17, 2009, 10:48:05 AM
Although I may not go very fancy I love to wrap.  I used to wrap packages for mailing in my job so I am very neat at it.  I use a different secret wrapping paper for gifts from Santa just in case The Boy catches on and I like to add little gifts in the wrapping.

My mom's mom uses brown paper bags for everyone and it doesn't matter what the occasion.  It is her thing.  My wedding gift was wrapped like that but I didn't care because she gave me pillowcases, handtowels, etc all hand embroidered.  Still have them 26+ years later. 

My FIL loves to make boxes with glue guns (lots of glue sticks---you have to blow torch them open) and he puts boxes inside boxes inside boxes, etc.  He also has a gift for figuring out what is inside his gifts before they are opened. 



Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: JoieGirl7 on March 17, 2009, 10:59:06 AM
My dad once wrapped my mother's Christmas gift in twenty dollar bills!
 
Once she got to the "gift" there was nothing inside but she had a pile of "wrapping" worth $500!  ;D
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Samantha on March 17, 2009, 12:58:14 PM
My dad once wrapped my mother's Christmas gift in twenty dollar bills!
 
Once she got to the "gift" there was nothing inside but she had a pile of "wrapping" worth $500!  ;D

Okay, now THAT is one heck of an interesting wrap job!
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: M-theory on March 19, 2009, 10:04:10 PM
Conversation I just had with DF about this topic:

Me: "So, what do you prefer, gift bags or gift wrap?"
Him: "I don't know - I guess gift bags are more environmentally sound, but I don't see the need for any wrapping on my presents, really."
Me: "Fine, then for your next birthday present I'll just stick a bow on it."
Him: "Use a purple one, it'll bring out your eyes."

I melted. ;D
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: ZipTheWonder on March 20, 2009, 12:33:44 PM
Conversation I just had with DF about this topic:

Me: "So, what do you prefer, gift bags or gift wrap?"
Him: "I don't know - I guess gift bags are more environmentally sound, but I don't see the need for any wrapping on my presents, really."
Me: "Fine, then for your next birthday present I'll just stick a bow on it."
Him: "Use a purple one, it'll bring out your eyes."

I melted. ;D

Sweet!

 :)   :)   :) 
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Jolie_kitten on June 27, 2010, 11:54:44 AM
For me, it's either boxes or wrapping the object in cellophane/colourful origami paper/gift-wrap paper. With huge ribbons-always.
I kind of dislike gift bags- they're too impersonal for my taste; but this definitely doesn't mean they're not OK etiquette-wise.
As gift boxes tend to be expensive where I live, I am re-conditioning old boxes by covering them with sticker paper. Where there were pictures or writing on the box that are still visible, I cover up with a pattern of little pieces of sticker paper and gift-wrap paper.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: MommyPenguin on June 27, 2010, 12:54:46 PM
My husband's family used to wrap presents in the comics from the newspaper.  They didn't have a lot of money, so being able to recycle the newspaper (not sure if it was theirs or if they just grabbed it from recycling bins) saved money.  Now they usually use wrapping paper, but almost every year there will be a present or two that is wrapped in the comics, just for fun.  Often they'll do it for a present that has some sort of nostalgic aspect, because then the paper is almost part of the present.

I just finished wrapping my father-in-law's Father's Day presents.  I used the comics.  :)  And I made a "bow" by cutting strips of newspaper and folding them in half loosely in little stacks.  I think it turned out pretty well.  It works out well, as it has that nostalgic link that works perfectly for "Father's Day" of course, but also because we don't have any wrapping paper.  :)
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Venus193 on June 27, 2010, 04:42:00 PM
Back before I had cats who liked to interfere in the process  I would wrap the tops and bottoms of certain boxes separately, then make elaborate bows with curling ribbon.  I don't have the patience to attempt that anymore.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Jolie_kitten on June 28, 2010, 08:25:19 AM
I've seen in a magazine an idea for turning old newspapers into gift-wrap; with a marker, draw simple shapes all over it (such as hearts or stars); if you have like 3 different-coloured markers and enough patience to do it the result looks pretty good.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: HushHush on June 29, 2010, 05:33:18 PM
My family is pretty casual about wrapping presents.  Anything other than Christmas probably won't be wrapped.  Christmas is whatever paper is around.  For a wedding, I'll add a pretty bow.  I also have secret santa paper and nametags.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: kitty-cat on June 29, 2010, 05:55:44 PM
My dad once wrapped my mother's Christmas gift in twenty dollar bills!
 
Once she got to the "gift" there was nothing inside but she had a pile of "wrapping" worth $500!  ;D

That's one present I wouldn't object to!!!!

On topic: I'm the one who usually does the wrapping in my household. Let's just say that our dog could wrap a present neater than my stepsister could... It makes it really easy to find which present is mine from her. It's either really poorly wrapped or in a gift bag.

I also learn who is getting what too this way- I wind up wrapping the presents for my stepdad, my mom, and stepsister's BF...
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Corvid on July 04, 2010, 11:03:27 AM
I'm definitely a gift bag girl and I do 'em up - matching tissue, lots of ribbon, a pretty little ornament, and quite often tailored specifically to the giftee.  They usually look quite nice when I'm done and a heck of a lot nicer than I can manage to achieve with wrapping paper with my subpar wrapping skills.  Not only have I never heard any complaints, but my family fusses over them and they do get reused (I always tie on a tag rather than use the one that came with the bag.)  Some of them reappeared for a couple of years!
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: KenveeB on July 04, 2010, 09:28:34 PM
I love wrapping presents very elaborately.  At Christmas especially!  Part of my holiday decorations is having fancy wrapped packages under the tree. :)  I usually coordinate my paper -- immediate family in one color, friends in another, extended family in a third.  It makes it easy to grab things on the fly.  I use gift bags if the gift is very odd-shaped or I don't have a box the right size, but I always add pretty matching tissue paper and ribbon.

One thing I like to do for birthday and other presents is use plain brown paper, like for mailing packages, and dress it up with cool ribbon.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Venus193 on July 05, 2010, 06:45:43 AM
One thing that always gets me is how few gift bags are designed for male recipients over the age of 6.  I inevitably end up getting one that's a plain solid color.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: libraryliz on July 07, 2010, 07:57:07 PM
Last month, my bday present from my boyfriend was wrapped in a sea chart.  He's in the Navy and keeps old charts from onboard ship to wrap gifts in.  I LOVED it.  My aunt who was for many years a newspaper editor used to save extras of the sunday funnies for wrapping paper.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Kess on July 17, 2010, 10:41:24 AM
I go a little overboard, but I love it!  I have lots of types of paper to wrap in, and handmade paper for layering and decorating, and there is pleating and folding and bows and ribbon and ... <breathless>  I'm getting excited just thinking about it.

You can't see the pleats properly on the picture, but in person they looked great:

(http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m432/KaidaAmaya/140909Lucy002.jpg)

(http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m432/KaidaAmaya/140909Lucy010.jpg)

And this one was annoyingly not quite square, which drove me mad because it looked like it should be so doesn't look as good as it could, but it was an early attempt when I'd only just gotten into wrapping:

(http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m432/KaidaAmaya/140909Lucy003.jpg)

I don't think I could bring myself to use a gift bag.  I don't think they're rude, but I'd have deprived myself of an opportunity to wrap!

Whoever said people don't notice pretty wrapping, well I'm happy to say my friends and family do.  I got lots of compliments.

We also try and wrap certain gifts to disguise what's in them.  Mom almost always gets my Dad a toblerone, so finding new ways to disguise that obvious shape became part of the game each year.  One year we put it inside the inner tube from a kitchen roll, and then used tissue paper to padd the ends so it looked like a dumbell or dog's bone. :)
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: KenveeB on July 17, 2010, 11:20:04 AM
Ooh, I like the pleating!  I'll have to give that a try.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Kess on July 17, 2010, 11:58:11 AM
Ooh, I like the pleating!  I'll have to give that a try.

I've used it to great effect in opposite directions on either side of the front of a rectangular gift, which then gives you a sort of framed area in the middle for gift tag or whatever.  I also did a woven wrapping one time, using double sided paper.  That had a big impact.

Like I said, the ones below are from my first Christmas wrapping like that, previously my only aim was neatness.  It's all my Mom's fault; she got a book out of the library on wrapping and I got hooked once I looked at all the pretty things that could be done.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: lisastitch on September 09, 2010, 08:26:35 PM
While I admire a beautifully wrapped gift, I don't have the patience to do it myself, so I put as much as I can in  pre-decorated gift boxes or bags that I save from year to year.
I'm also really bothered by the amount of paper that gets thrown away, and don't have the patience/space/time to save it.  A few years ago, I started making fabric gift bags out of pretty Christmas fabric.    I've also started making furoshiki, which is a form of Japanese gift-wrapping using squares of fabric.  There are lots of pretty ways of tying it, but I don't usually get too elaborate.  I put my initials and the year on the bottom of each.
At first I just used them for my immediate family, but had enough this last year that I started giving them to extended family, with the request that they be used as much as possible within the family.  I'm looking forward to getting gifts in them someday!
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Suze on September 12, 2010, 07:27:04 PM
http://www.env.go.jp/en/focus/attach/060403-5.html

I found this when I looked up furoshiki -- very cool
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Shores on September 12, 2010, 07:34:38 PM
After realizing the sheer amount of newspaper that we throw out every day (although we do recycle it), I've decided I'm going to wrap all presents in newspaper from now on. At least it can serve one more purpose before getting recycled.
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: sparklestar on September 14, 2010, 03:36:48 AM
I'm useless at wrapping so I have delegated this task to hubby! He is super anal about it, even getting a ruler to cut straight lines and the results always look terrific. He hates shopping though, so I figure it's a fairly even division of labour.

I really love either newspaper or brown paper packaging as gift wrap - either tied up with coloured string or really beautiful ribbons - I think it looks great. Another tip: chinese newspapers make wonderful wrappers since you can't really read the headlines!
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: ydpubs on September 16, 2010, 03:13:12 PM
"Just a box with bright-colored paper,
And the whole thing's topped with a bow.
What's in it?
What's in it?
That's the point of the thing, not to know!"    ;D

LOL. This poem reminded me of an old episode of Happy Days. Does anyone remember Chuck? He was Richie & Joannie's older brother who played B-ball and went away to college never to return. In a X-mas episode Joanie picked up what was clearly a wrapped basketball to Chuck and bounced it to him. Chuck grabbed it and said: Hey watch it! It might be something breakable.  ;D
Title: Re: Gift Wrapping: What's your style and is there an etiquette for this?
Post by: Athos_000 on September 22, 2010, 01:58:32 PM
I love to wrap gifts. I prefer to make them beautiful with ribbons and bows and embellishments, and will use gift-bags with special touches as well. I got this from my mother, who insists on perfectly wrapped packages (not for herself, but what she wraps to give to others).

My husband came with a cat, and we have aquired three more in the past four years. My cats (his old one especially!) think curling ribbon and bows are kitty snacks. While getting ready for my wedding, I had four gift baskets for my bridesmaids and flower girl filled, wrapped and ribboned. They were lined up in my living room on a shelf. One day I noticed that on the two that had any ribbon left, it was hanging in whispy shredded strings with teeth marks in it. :( (thankfully no cat was harmed during that particular snack attack!)  Our christmas packages now go under the tree with no ribbons and few bows. I love the pleating technique posted and will try it this year!