It's over! You finally scratched off that last gift on your list...phew!
Ahhh, it's time to relax. All that's left to do is wrap all the boxes and you're ready for the big day. Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong. It always sounds so easy until you actually start the wrapping, usually at 9pm on Christmas Eve after the kids go to bed.
The secret to my wrapping process is to do it in stages. Complete one stage for all gifts, before moving on to the next stage.
I find it easiest to do this only once,
so I make sure all my shopping is complete before I even begin.
#1. Prepare for the fun!
Gather all supplies before starting and try to work at a long table or a couple tables pushed together. If you attempt this on the floor your back will be aching before you even get to step #2!
Be sure to put on some music, Christmas, classic rock, whatever you love! Singing to your favorite music always helps make less desirable tasks more fun!
Wrapping paper, gift bags, gift boxes, tissue paper
Ribbon - I prefer wire edged
Scissors, clear tape in a heavy dispenser
Gift tags and markers
small trash bag
** TIP: When you're done, make sure to put all extra supplies in a marked box for next year, this way you just grab the box and your ready to go!
#2. It's in the bag! (or the box)
Box all items with tissue paper. Assign a gift bag to those oddly shaped items that won't easily fit in a box. Be sure to write the recipients name or initials on the bottom of the box. This way when it's time to wrap, you don't have to open every box again to see who it belongs to.
The trick to this is to box everything before moving on to the "wrapping" step.
#3. Let's wrap this up already!
Wrap, wrap, wrap. Make it simple on yourself and measure several gifts out on one large sheet of paper (see photo below). Less measuring of boxes and cutting of oddly shaped paper saves time. Wrap every box before moving on to the "ribbon" step.
Be sure to make out the gift tag before you wrap the box, this way there's no chance of forgetting who the gift was meant for, Oops! Don't forget to attach the gift tag after it's been wrapped!
#4. Put a bow on it!
Add pretty ribbon to every package. You can use wire-edged ribbon, curly ribbon or stick-on bows.
I think every gift should have some type of ribbon. It's like the icing on the cake! We want our gifts to look like little treasures.
I reuse the same ribbon over and over. It's a tradition in our family, when the gift is opened, the ribbon is handed to "Auntie Pammie", who reuses is again next year. I'm not kidding, some ribbon I have used for the last nine Christmases!