Friday, 10 December 2010

Gift Wrap


I do love elegantly wrapped and be-ribboned gifts, and I do love the effect of a big pile of presents which are all beautifully coordinated.


However, I don't do it that way myself! I definitely go for cheap and cheerful giftwrap, a complete mishmash of bright colours and patterns, the cheaper the better!


The are several reasons for this: firstly there's the cost, and the time involved. It's much cheaper and much quicker to pick up a bumper pack of budget paper in lots of different designs and a big roll of sticky tape and use that to wrap everything, without worrying about adding any embellishments to the package. And then there's the fact that giftwrap is just torn off in a hurry to get at the item inside - I do take off any ribbons or bows on gifts I receive and I do make use of them, but most of the people I'm giving to really wouldn't be bothered to do that! And I don't quite see the point of coordinating all the wrapping so the gifts look beautiful together, when the gifts that actually go under our tree come from lots of different people so look completely different anyway. I rather like the jumble of clashing colours that we usually end up with, to be honest!


But there are exceptions to my self-imposed rule. Sometimes I quite like to go to an extra effort to make a gift look really special. I make sure it's a gift for someone who I know will appreciate the presentation, and when it takes me so much longer than quickly folding round a sheet of paper and adding a strip of tape, it confirms me in my resolve not to do this for each and every gift! But it is fun to do for just one or two presents each year.

Which end of the scale are you? Cheap and cheerful, or elegant and elaborate?

14 comments:

Liberty :) said...

I used to be cheap and cheerful, now I buy a whopping roll of quality paper from Costco for about £8 which lasts about 4 christmases, I wrap them with ribbons and bows, but only ones I have bought in the sale like 20 bows for 20p that kind of thing. I like to think they look quite good this year and have made a good effort at them because I like doing it, but I don't add other embellishments, basically because no one else would appreciate it!!

JO SOWERBY said...

I AM USING UP LAST YEARS AND SOME CHEAP IKEA WHICH I WILL PRETTY UP,
jO XXXX

scrappyjacky said...

Like you....I love the look of elegantly wrapped presents.....but for similar reasons....go the cheap and cheerful route....usually bought in the January sales.

Linda said...

What a cute JYC layout!

At our house we run the gammit from elegant to the Sunday comics as wrapping paper. Regardless of how a gift is wrapped they all look festive under the tree.

Have a great day!

Rhona said...

Like you I don't tend to do lots of ribbon and bows etc. I did one year (and it cost a small fortune for all the ribbon) and virtually all of it got thrown out. Now I tend to buy jumbo rolls from Waitrose and wrap everything - all the same! That way I don't have to think about which person gets which paper and makes it so much simpler! xx

Beverly said...

cheap for the most part though if I see gorgeous quality paper I do sometimes splurge, some years cheerful, some elegant but never elaborate. I like coordinating colors, different patterns. The gifts we exchange aren't given until Christmas day so I love the look under the tree.

Sian said...

That sounds like me and our tree! I love the look of the coordinated ones, but for ours I pile it all on, anything goes!

Mary B said...

Oh definitely cheap and cheerful now, though at one time I did wrap all my presents in white paper with red ribbon around and yes it looked so beautiful.

Sandra said...

oh dear, I think I might be the fly in the ointment here LOL. Wrapping for me of gifts is such a big big party of my celebrations - papers have to be co-ordinated, and oh I take forever making the bows.

Cheri said...

Nice poll. I had grand plans in mind this year to do some beautiful wrapping. But I buy most of my wrap at the after-holiday sales (CHEAP) and there is rarely anything elegant in those sales... And this year when I pulled out the Christmas wrap box - well there is so much in there.... I'm just working on using up some of the rolls with less on them to clean it out a bit! So nothing will match, there is no scheme this year, I'm just wrapping and tagging. Not like my kids would appreciate the presentation anyway!

helena said...

totally cheap and cheerful - I often use red tissue paper or even brown wrapping paper - becasue it all gets ripped of. I want to create some fabric bags this year so I can reuse them for family

Miriam said...

Oh dear, another fly here. I do elegant and co-ordinated, can't help it, it's just me. I do however only have one design of paper, OK sometimes if it comes in two colour ways I'll go for that. I've done brown paper, I did fabric one year, tissue paper, I'm queen of the curly ribbons as well... oh dear! I'll stop now. I love your JYC page Mel x

Karen said...

I do elegant for one of my best friends and my MIL and SIL--all of whom make a big deal about how beautiful they are! :-) For the last two years I've done coordinated wrapping--all red and white--for family gifts. This year I have about six different red and white papers, some left from last year.

Rachel B said...

I'm a bit obsessive when it comes to the present wrapping, all the paper has to match and I love making everything pretty with ribbons and bows :)