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What Your Gift Wrapping Style Says About You

By Katherine Stone |

My feelings about gift wrapping are similar to my feelings about bed making: I’d rather not do it.

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The gifts I wrap look only slightly better than this one.

Why make your bed when you are only going to mess it up a few hours later? For me, it’s a waste of energy, unless of course you have guests coming over and want them to believe you are neat. As for wrapping gifts, it seems like such a waste of paper, not to mention the expedition required to hunt through my house for items like scissors and tape, long spirited off by my children to who knows where.

When I wrap Christmas gifts, I do the bare minimum. As long as the gift is covered up, I’m good. I don’t care about neatly folded corners and bows and works of holiday art.  According to Lindsay Cross of Mommyish, this means I “just need a few more holidays to build up” my skill.  That’s so sweet of you Lindsay. I’ve had more than 40 holidays now and I don’t think any number of holidays is going to change my gift wrapping style.

Cross took a look at what your gift wrapping says about you.  Are you a lazy plastic bagger or do you prefer eco-chic recycled paper? Do you show us all up with your own handmade, artistic wrapping paper? Check out her categories and let us know where you fall.

Photo credit: Mommyish

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Katherine Stone is the founder of the most widely-read blog in the world on postpartum depression, Postpartum Progress. She writes about parenting and maternal child health on Babble Voices and Babble Cares, as well as at Huffington Post Parents. Katherine is a mom of two and lives in Atlanta. Follow her on Twitter at @postpartumprog. Read bio and latest posts → Read Katherine's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “What Your Gift Wrapping Style Says About You

  1. Elaine says:

    I prefer giftbags because they are easy, it’s obvious which side is up, and they can be reused. Besides, they’re easier to open, which means they’re great for kids, older people, and anyone lacking dexterity.

  2. Suzie says:

    I am #3, sloppily wrapped, but it’s not because I *can’t * do better it’s because I’m a “it’s what’s inside” kind of person. I don’t like to spend alot of money or time on wrappings unless it’s for a business gift when the whole thing is likely to be judged on some level by the recipient.

  3. KateThree says:

    I’ve steadily been working my way through an old atlas as wrapping paper. Not so much for the eco-friendly aspect, but more because I hate buying wrapping paper. If something is too big for the atlas sheets (which are decently sized), I usually use brown paper bags. Left-over yarn from knitting projects is used as a bow. Some years, if I’m WAY ahead of the game (ie., not since I had kids, lol), I will make thin gingerbread cookies (with little holes in them to tie a string through) to use as gift decorations.

  4. KateThree says:

    Also, I make my bed every morning. :)

  5. goddess says:

    I am stickler about a neat house, pretty good at cleaning it and keeping it clean enough to have company at all times- but I HATE wrapping with a passion and get a little sloppy at times, use bags….etc.

  6. Suzie says:

    Yeah…and my house is always “company ready” too, if not perfect, it’s certainly presentable.

  7. Andrea says:

    I’m a neat and tidy wrapper. Everything in a square box, wrapped neatly. It doesn’t seem like a lot of effort to me, and it shows I put some thought into not only the gift, but the presentation as well.

  8. Whatevs says:

    I have made fabric gift wrappers for presents, and they are not only lovely to look at and easy to use, but they save trees and waste and all of the yucky things that come with paper wrapping paper. I think that using an old atlas is also a great idea since you aren’t buying new paper. Even neat and tidy wrapping just says waste to me. I’m also the kind of person who is happy to see a more messy house rather than a “ready for company” house, because that says to me that the parents are much more interested in hanging out with their children or using their home than they are in spending their time worrying about what judgmental company might think.

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