Someone reminded me about this post I did last year, which is OH-SO-USEFUL a tip for you, and so regular a feature at any Christmas or Birthday in family, that I think everyone is sick of it. BUT, IT WORKS and is a brilliant time saver, particularly when you have way too many gifts to wrap and zero motivation. Because despite my NON-STOP DOING all day every day, I am secretly incredibly lazy. So if you missed it the first time, here it is again:
Can I tell you a secret? I wrap stuff every day for Georgie Love. All packages come gift wrapped in some form or another (I change it and mix it up according to materials and inspiration). I like playing with colour and thinking of nice ways to wrap stuff, because to begin with, I was not very good. I am certainly not spectacularly great, but I am ok, if not a little lazy. I have a lot to do, so I genuinely have it down pat - quick, easy, not too elaborate. I like it when stuff I order is gift wrapped, so I do it for Georgie Love.
If people have special request - I happily oblige, gift cards, notes, Christmas wrapping. If you want it done in a certain way, you only need ask. (Christmas Paper this year courtesy of BEC - thank you Bec!)
Here's the secret part - it's Christmas and I am now officially SO OVER wrapping, so I really don't want to (can't be bothered) wrap presents for our family and friends. I have done TONS already and I think I should be exempt. I have never been a joyful wrapper and I have been looking at folkses blogs who love wrapping and get real joy out of it. A few years ago, I devised an INGENIOUS plan on how to wrap presents for the family. Note: this plan will only work if you have either a) pets or b) very small children. I am now going to share this hot tip with you.
I tell people that Georgie wraps their presents. It's incredibly lazy, quick and sort of cute (sort of). And this is how I do it.
1. Get all your supplies together before you begin. Pick your paper. You can choose either fancy Christmas paper, or newspaper, brown paper etc.
2. Place your present in the centre of the paper, as demonstrated
3. Pretend you were either born without fingers or any manual dexterity and in a haphazard fashion SCRUNCH (this is a very important technique to master) the paper around the gift.
4. Using your tape (or if advanced/confident, you could use string, wool or thread as well, but the technique remains the same) secure the paper to the object by wrapping around and around the gift in a sloppy zig-zag fashion.
5. The end result should look something like this.
6. To really "jazz" up your gift, add ribbons, bows, glitter, stickers, whatever you have handy. The more the better. And if your items clash or are the wrong season - fantastic. Your gift is now ready.
7. For the final touch, write a thoughful handwritten note to attach to your present.
8. Final result. Simple. Effective. Memorable. There will be nothing else like this under the tree.
When giving the gift, make sure (this is essential) that you make a big deal about how Georgie (insert your pet or young child's name here) went to the shop and chose the gift especially for them and wrapped it ALL BY THEMSELVES. AREN'T THEY CLEVER!
Please note that this skilled wrapping technique can be applied to Birthdays and anytime gifts as well, it's not just limited to Christmas.