The majority of people I know don’t particularly enjoy wrapping Christmas gifts. It seems to add to the usually full “to do” lists that pile up before Christmas and often I get the impression that it is more a chore than joy.
For me wrapping gifts is relaxing. I look forward to it and already in November I think of how I will wrap my gifts. I am not a fan of buying different wrapping papers, I like using the same wrapping paper and a similar style for all my gifts.
I always try my best as family owns/owned jewelry shops so if anyone knows how to wrap gifts it’s them. When I was still a child and a teenager and I used to help them in the shop during Christmas time it didn’t only happen once that I was told to wrap a gift again as it didn’t match their expectations :). So, I learned it the hard way and although my gift wrapping skills are not perfect yet, they improve a little bit every time I wrap a gift.
When it comes to the wrapping paper I absolutely adore all the lovely wrapping papers you can buy from independent shops etc. Every now and then I buy a really nice one but often I almost find them too pretty to cut them apart and wrap a gift with it. Really pretty wrapping paper I mostly use for birthdays – basically when I don’t have to wrap gifts for all my friends and family. For Christmas I like to use very simple and plain wrapping paper that I pimp with nice string, ribbon or paper. How I wrapped my gifts the last years you can see here.
This year I went for simple, white plain wrapping paper. To make the gifts more special I cut out golden stars.
You could use all sorts of paper and cut out all sorts of things, this is what I like of using plain paper: there is just much more space to do your own thing :).
Do you have any special traditions when it comes to gift wrapping? And do you see it more as a fun thing to do or does it stress you out a bit?