I never buy gift bags… I rather enjoy wrapping gifts.
My father taught me some of the finer points when I was young – about how to start by folding the cut edge over first, to make a neater edge before taping… about keeping lines straight, and making your patterns line up correctly, whenever possible… that kind of stuff.
I’ve learned how to pleat tissue paper fan-style on the outside of a box as a pretty detail – especially good when using more than one colour of tissue. I use satin ribbon, and gros grain, twine and raffia. I tuck in feathers sometimes. I had a online gift business once upon a time, plus I’ve been watching Martha Stewart very closely for the last twenty years or so…
I can wrap like a muther, yo.
What I can’t stand is leaving it all to the eleventh hour, as I’ve been doing for the last several years, where I must traipse downstairs to the chilly basement after some kind of Christmas Eve soiree (either at our house, or someone else’s) whereby I am half way into a bottle of champagne, and am now faced with a small mountain of items that require paper, tape, and tags of some kind. I abandon nearly ALL the pretty extras, and just go for bust.
That’s pretty much when I want to shoot myself each year. (Though, it’s clear I’ve not yet done this.)
The problem is finding the right time to get it done. Or at least some of it. I really don’t know what happens, but the days are full, and I can’t do it while the kids are awake and at home, and the evenings get eaten up by holiday parties, cooking, cleaning, and fatigue! The next thing I know, it’s Christmas Eve. Again. Grrrrrr…
But! Tomorrow is Thursday, which means I will still have two free evenings before the big Eve, and I am DETERMINED to be all done before the 24th this year, so help me.
So, I ask you… when do wrap the stuff? Is is the moment you get it home, or into the wee hours of Christmas morn,
like me like I used to do?