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Fancy Paper, Gift Wrapping and Grandma

Who wraps their own Christmas gifts? I know I do.

Has anyone ever paid to have someone professionally wrap their gifts? I was in a department store today and they had stuck an advertisement in my bag about gift wrapping services and the hours and dates they were available.

Now gift wrapping isn't anything new, but it made me wonder who pays for this fancy service?

I wrap my own packages (and always have) but I don't kill myself trying to do it perfectly. I don't have the time and more importantly.. I am NOT a patient person. As long as a person can't see what they are getting, I call it good. If I'm feeling particularly festive, I might slap a pre-made bow on the top.. but most times, it's wrapped and slapped with a tag.

The stuff I wrap normally winds up looking like this:

Things are only wrapped for a short time and then the paper is generally shredded off in a nano-second... so I have to wonder - isn't that kind of a waste to wrap packages ultra-fancy?

Does anyone here pay to have their packages wrapped like this:


Speaking of gift wrapping that takes hours to do.....

When I was a kid my grandma would wrap packages with ribbons, bows, ornaments, etc... we were expected to carefully unwrap our Christmas presents as to not tear the paper, then we had to put it in a stack and my grandma would save it for the following year.

What's the point?

I don't have the energy to be that anal.

Happy wrapping!


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I have never paid but have taking advantage of free gift wrapping.

I suck at wrapping but no way in hell am I gonna pay someone to wrap my gifts.

I think your gifts look very nice. Mine usually end up looking as if a 4 year old wrapped em and I no longer even by name tags. I just use scrap paper to put who it is to or from on it.

One year? I decided was gonna be crafty and frugal so collected brown grocery bags and used holiday stamps all over the paper? More work than I wanted and it looked a mess. lol.
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I would tape together magazine pages and tie a ribbon. I absolutely 100% suck at gift wrapping. I don't want to learn how to get better either. It's easy to know which one is from me since mine are so remarkably bad.


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I always wrap my own, and am lavish with the paper, bows, ribbons. etc. We have a very large family gathering, and everyone knows which presents I wrapped. I use beautiful ornaments on the packages as well. Last night my husband joked that I spend $20 to wrap a $10 gift. He's close, but I love to do it.......and the recipients, (at least the women) love it too.
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