Wrapping gifts can be draining, so I thought I would share how I make the process as simple and enjoyable as possible.
1. Use only one extra big roll of wrapping paper at a time. Keep using this one roll until it runs out.
2. You also need a nice fresh roll (or two) of good tape, a pair of sharp paper scissors, and a black sharpie marker.
3. When wrapping the gift, unroll the paper, place gift upon paper to measure, and always cut straight across, leaving a nice edge on the roll for the next gift.
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4. If the gift is small and you need to cut away any extra paper, do so. Keep any trims in a “trim pile” to use for more small gifts.
5. Don’t be stingy with the tape.
6. No need for labels, simply write the name of your child ON the package.
7. No need for gift boxes. If you have clothes to wrap, just fold the item neatly and wrap it.
8. If you must embellish, buy a big bag of bows and add them to the gifts on Christmas Eve.
9. You might think that pretty gift bags with tissue paper will simplify the process, but I have found that whenever I use gift bags I can’t help getting pathological about saving them. It’s much easier to throw away paper on a Christmas morning.
10. Keep a running list on your iphone of the gifts you have wrapped. This will be important later on, when husband gets worried that a child might not have as many gifts as their sibling. (avoid last minute shopping at the gas station!).
11. After wrapping the gifts, pile them up in boxes or big bags to store away until Christmas.
12. Keep inner peace while wrapping by listening to music, keeping your cat with you, painting nails deep red a few hours before hand, eating some of the extra stocking candy, and making your husband stay out of the room so he can keep the children out of mischief.