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#1 magickallight  OFFLINE  

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Posted Sep 6, 2019 - 8:02 am

It has ALWAYS been a dream of mine to wrap gifts when they are delivered (99%) or I bring them back from the stores (1%), but IT NEVER HAPPENS! (I would need a dedicated gift wrap room - and that isn't happening!)

 

SO ... even though I buy from the DAY of Christmas (great deals online) - I usually wind up wearing myself out trying to wrap for 14 people and my fur-baby a few weeks before Christmas (We are talking stuffing stocking for all of them and a total of well over 200 gifts!)  And, yes - I know - buy less - wrap less - but it's a sickness with me! ;)

 

This year, I decided to break it up ... 1-person per week, and start wrapping in August - BUT - LIFE happened and other things got in the way - and at the point I am at - it is going to wind up with a rush a few weeks prior to Christmas AGAIN!!! :(

 

How and when do you do your wrapping? Any hints, tricks? How many people do you shop/wrap for?

 

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#2 Kanyon71  OFFLINE  

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Posted Sep 6, 2019 - 9:24 am

We try to wrap as we get things BUT:

 

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So we end up trying to at least do a bunch at a time. Reality is we are wrapping to the last minute. :)



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Posted Sep 6, 2019 - 10:45 am

I usually start wrapping in mid Nov. and break up the wrapping over several sessions between then and the week before Christmas.



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Posted Sep 7, 2019 - 8:35 am

I try to start my wrapping the first week in December. I am usually good at doing that and if I do find myself wrapping last minute (Christmas Eve) I’m usually in bed by 1am Christmas morning. BUT last Christmas (🎶) I procrastinated SO BAD. I was up until 5am wrapping gifts. Didn’t get to sleep because at the time my car was down and my mom and I were sharing her car. She had to work Christmas Day. So I would leave my apt to pick her up @ 545 to have her at work by 630. Momma was tired that day, but I made the best of it. We had a great Christmas with family. Needless to say, I slept GOOD Christmas night lol lesson learned, I won’t be procrastinating anymore. I work p/t at my new job and have days off during the week, so while the kids are at school I can wrap.
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Posted Sep 7, 2019 - 8:47 am

I try and wrap them Saturday mornings in December before the kids get up, unfortunately I dont want to get up early myself sooo I wrap when I get time.

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Posted Sep 8, 2019 - 10:16 am

I don't wrap until everything is bought. If I wrapped early, I'd be second guessing myself about what I wrapped and what's where, even though I would have it on a list. LOL.  



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Posted Sep 9, 2019 - 9:37 am

I already wrapped most of the Christmas presents. My 2 year old kept finding things and wanting it. He won't unwrap without me starting it so it works this year. Turned on Christmas music and wrapped for two hours.

I stick a sticky note on the bottom with either what's in it or when I have older kids I'll number them instead and have it on my master gift list.

And I do fabric bows, add those when I'm ready to start putting presents under the tree once we have it up.

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Posted Sep 9, 2019 - 1:17 pm

I already wrapped most of the Christmas presents. My 2 year old kept finding things and wanting it. He won't unwrap without me starting it so it works this year. Turned on Christmas music and wrapped for two hours.

I stick a sticky note on the bottom with either what's in it or when I have older kids I'll number them instead and have it on my master gift list.

And I do fabric bows, add those when I'm ready to start putting presents under the tree once we have it up.


You’re my Christmas wrapping shero lol...I would love to have started, but in order to start wrapping, you have to start buying and I definitely haven’t done that yet 😂

My problem is where to hide stuff too. I live in an apt and I hardly have storage room. I used to put stuff in trash bags and hide it at my mom’s, but it got to be too much lugging everything over the week of Christmas to put stuff out Christmas Eve. My kids aren’t nosey and won’t look (they’re 17 & 11) but I loved
the idea (and so do they) of going to bed with barely nothing under the tree to waking up Christmas morning to gifts ☺️ Don’t know what I’m going to do this year.
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Posted Sep 10, 2019 - 8:06 am

I try to start wrapping the first week of December. As my kids get older, the gifts are smaller so it doesn’t take as long. I have a locked closet in our basement so that’s where all gifts are stored.

I never place gifts under the tree until Christmas Eve. I am toying with the idea of opening gifts late Christmas Eve so that DH and I can sleep in.

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Posted Sep 10, 2019 - 6:22 pm

You’re my Christmas wrapping shero lol...I would love to have started, but in order to start wrapping, you have to start buying and I definitely haven’t done that yet 😂

My problem is where to hide stuff too. I live in an apt and I hardly have storage room. I used to put stuff in trash bags and hide it at my mom’s, but it got to be too much lugging everything over the week of Christmas to put stuff out Christmas Eve. My kids aren’t nosey and won’t look (they’re 17 & 11) but I loved
the idea (and so do they) of going to bed with barely nothing under the tree to waking up Christmas morning to gifts ☺️ Don’t know what I’m going to do this year.


Aww, ☺️. My stash is in a pile in my bedroom, stacked along the wall in boxes. Wrapping made it easier to organize! I started in January with you clearance do I'm mostly done already.

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Posted Sep 16, 2019 - 6:23 pm

If I had a ton of people to wrap presents for I would add it to my weekly chores list starting in September or October. I do my laundry during football season on Sunday’s (switch loads during commercial breaks and fold while in front of the TV watching the game) so why not wrap presents then too. Because I only have 5 people and my dog to wrap for I do it while watching a Christmas special sometime in December. Maybe you could try doing it during a tv show, game or movie so you can have a little fun while you work?

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Posted Sep 17, 2019 - 9:41 am

I don't usually start doing much shopping until BF.  I don't make any plans the following day and spend it catching up on sleep and then wrapping what I bought.  Anything that I buy online or in stores after BF, I just wrap the following weekend.

 

I try to do a lot or wrapping at one time so I don't have to keep dragging the wrapping supplies back out!



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Posted Sep 17, 2019 - 2:42 pm

I usually try to start wrapping as I buy, but having started buying already this year, the stuff is in my closet just waiting. As it gets closer to Christmas, I'll go shopping and wrap the majority of the things I bought that same day. I do have a habit of leaving the smaller or hard to wrap stuff till the last minute, but am pretty happy with my system.



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Posted Sep 20, 2019 - 10:54 am

I wrap in spells. I usually do it when it hits me.... So I might wrap 20% by the first week of Dec just to have something under the tree and whenever I fin time. I usually as wrapping on Christmas eve.... Maybe...just maybe I can get most of it done by Dec 15 and really enjoy the holidays



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Posted Sep 21, 2019 - 4:08 pm

I try and start wrapping right after BF...doesn't always happen that way, but I try...

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Posted Sep 22, 2019 - 3:39 pm

I usually wrap once the tree goes up which is the first week of November. So as I buy I wrap. I’ve gotten a head start on buying stuff this year so I’m kind proud of myself. I do a lot of gift bags too

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Posted Sep 24, 2019 - 7:58 am

I have help so that makes it easier and faster DD16 loves to help and my mom is a great wrapper too. There are to many gifts to get fancy but we love doing it together

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Posted Sep 24, 2019 - 9:56 am

I love wrapping gifts! Sometimes I wrap all the gifts too early so I buy more just to have some to wrap again. Lol But I don’t usually have that many to wrap in the first place.

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Posted Sep 24, 2019 - 10:00 am

I used to start wrapping the weekend before Thanksgiving when I was in the parish.  But now that I work in the hospital I wrap Thanksgiving weekend or the weekend after.  I usually set up my folding table  (It's about 5 feet long) and gather everything into that room and then it is just a wrapping station there for about 2 weeks.   Then I just wrap as I am able.  An hour here and a couple hours there.  I usually watch Christmas movies/specials while I wrap.  And at least one cat always has to help. We also use fabric ribbons so the ribboning goes faster.  Mom used to do christmas gift wrapping when she worked at Hudson's so we always make big deal about our packages looking nice. So big ribbons are a must.  We wrap the gifts and anything that is in a box (like cereal, or pasta etc.) so you never know when you open a box if you got a gift or some groceries.  (Ha ha!  Mom was not amused last year when  I wrapped her shampoo to look like wine bottles.)   But the tree looks wonderful loaded with sparkly gifts in shiney paper under all those lights.

 

 

You know,  I had a youth group who did Christmas wrapping as a fundraiser.  They gathered at the church and folks brought in their packages and the kids wrapped.  (I think it was no ribbons or just the small stick on kind of bows.)  Anyway, the kids had a lot of fun,  raised some money for their service trip and folks got their packages wrapped.  (This was the same church that did a Christmas Cookie exchange every year.  Everyone made just one kind of cookie and then brought them to the church.  You could then buy or trade for the Christmas Cookie variety your wanted.)   I think that is your answer......join a church or synagogue that has managing the holidays down to a science.  :D



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Posted Oct 4, 2019 - 7:50 am

I started wrapping early this year - knew I'd be focused on our Disney trip in Sept.  Have a nice stash upstairs all ready to go.  I only have to hide DS's presents - DH never goes up there :)

 

Going to try and wrap some every weekend between now and Christmas, as possible.  Even if only for an 1/2 hour - every little bit helps.  I can leave the supplies out upstairs which is helpful.



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Posted Oct 4, 2019 - 8:34 am

A couple years ago I was able to make a wrapping station in the extra room. Around Thanksgiving I'll set up a table in there, then I can wrap a little at a time. That's nice, because the worst part for me is getting everything out to start, then putting it away. I'll put all the presents in that room as I get them.
I don't like to wrap too early because I like to see what I have. But once my tree is up, I love getting the gifts under it!

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Posted Oct 8, 2019 - 11:22 am

Started my wrapping today - not through with the 1st grandkid yet and my back is telling me to stop! :(  I also found a TON of supplies that I am needing to go get ... hope the stores are ready for me ;)


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Posted Oct 9, 2019 - 8:15 am

Started my wrapping today - not through with the 1st grandkid yet and my back is telling me to stop! :(  I also found a TON of supplies that I am needing to go get ... hope the stores are ready for me ;)


I finally found wrapping paper at Dollar General last week, other then that I've only seen paper at Hobby Lobby. Our Walmart's are still putting stuff out but I don't think they'll have wrapping stuff til after Halloween, at least not the ones I go to.

I have plenty of most things from 90% after Christmas clearance but I forgot to buy a roll of Santa paper.

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Posted Oct 9, 2019 - 10:16 am

I finally found wrapping paper at Dollar General last week, other then that I've only seen paper at Hobby Lobby. Our Walmart's are still putting stuff out but I don't think they'll have wrapping stuff til after Halloween, at least not the ones I go to.

I have plenty of most things from 90% after Christmas clearance but I forgot to buy a roll of Santa paper.

 

Went to Dollar Tree - NO luck - Dollar General did have my paper and gift bags - still no tags, ribbon or small boxes - but at least I can get started. :)


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Posted Oct 9, 2019 - 2:57 pm

I don't typically have a large amoumt of gifts to wrap so I wait until after my tree is up. 

 

As for the wrapping, I'm taking it easy this year and ordered another set of the Kringle Express drawstring gift bags from QVC for all my gifts.  I ordered my first set last year to try them and ended up loving the way they looked under the tree so......put gift in, maybe add some tissue depending on what the item is, cinch the sack closed, tie the strings into a bow and done.  My back will be most appreciative of this easy effort, especially after I will have to highly medicate it after putting up and decorating the tree.  :)



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Posted Oct 9, 2019 - 4:21 pm

I don't typically have a large amoumt of gifts to wrap so I wait until after my tree is up.

As for the wrapping, I'm taking it easy this year and ordered another set of the Kringle Express drawstring gift bags from QVC for all my gifts. I ordered my first set last year to try them and ended up loving the way they looked under the tree so......put gift in, maybe add some tissue depending on what the item is, cinch the sack closed, tie the strings into a bow and done. My back will be most appreciative of this easy effort, especially after I will have to highly medicate it after putting up and decorating the tree. :)


I went and looked up those bags. So cute! And so easy! I may be very tempted. The only thing is, all my wrapping matches my tree theme. And, I already have so much wrapping paper... but maybe I can transition.

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Posted Oct 9, 2019 - 11:58 pm

I don't typically have a large amoumt of gifts to wrap so I wait until after my tree is up. 
 
As for the wrapping, I'm taking it easy this year and ordered another set of the Kringle Express drawstring gift bags from QVC for all my gifts.  I ordered my first set last year to try them and ended up loving the way they looked under the tree so......put gift in, maybe add some tissue depending on what the item is, cinch the sack closed, tie the strings into a bow and done.  My back will be most appreciative of this easy effort, especially after I will have to highly medicate it after putting up and decorating the tree.  :)

 
 
Those bags are SUPER Cute!  If anyone wants to see them here is the direct link on QVC: Kringle Express 52-piece Drawstring Gift Bag Set with Gift Tags

 

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Posted Oct 10, 2019 - 6:11 am

I went and looked up those bags. So cute! And so easy! I may be very tempted. The only thing is, all my wrapping matches my tree theme. And, I already have so much wrapping paper... but maybe I can transition.

I get you about all that.  I used to try to match my wrapping with my tree theme because there's always snowmen paper but I'm absolutely terrible at the whole bow thing on the gifts and was never happy with how they looked.  :)

 

I think QVC is missing the boat on not grouping those bags in theme sets and not just a variety of patterns like now.  

 

I have lots of wrapping paper still, even after selling a handful of unopened rolls at a garage sale recently.  I may go back to the wrapping next year.  Who knows....  



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Posted Oct 10, 2019 - 7:13 am

In a perfect world I would wrap as they come BUT ....mehhhh...I wrap when I can!!


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Posted Oct 13, 2019 - 4:22 pm

I am preparing to wrap next weekend.  I have only 5 free weekends before Christmas, and if I put it off any longer I will regret it. 90% of what I NEED is purchased, and everything else I purchase are for fun and extras. 






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