My First “How To”
This week, I thought I’d try something a little different and throw in a little “How To” blog post. I usually find these kinds of posts to be pretty boring, myself, so hopefully this one will prove to be a unique take on the subject. Speaking of the subject, today I want to talk about gift wrapping.
Now, anyone who knows me and is reading this knows that I am not the kind of person who shows up with a “perfectly” wrapped gift. I’m more likely to walk in with a gift in a bag, usually with something written on the bag in my handwriting, some tissue paper sticking out of the top, probably with a bow tying the two handles together. Maybe also some fun stick figure drawings to compliment everything.
A Christmas Gift to Remember
My history of gift wrapping goes back a long way, but there is a particular experience that stands out in my memory. One year, all I wanted for Christmas was a CD (remember CDs?!) of someone singing loudly.
I loved singing along to loud music and wanted a loud CD to listen to/torture my family with. My dad would even hook up a microphone to the sound system and let me basically perform karaoke for the family. It was probably very very bad, but made me happy, so whatever!
Okay, so I’ve asked for a loud CD. It’s Christmas morning. I start to open my “Santa presents.” None of them looked like a CD-sized gift. My spirits started to sink. Was I not going to get the one thing I had asked for this year? Soon, there were only a few things left to open.
One of them was this bulky package. I picked it up, began to rip the paper off, and found a…paper grocery bag inside. Had Santa run by the grocery store and accidentally left some behind? I kept unwrapping, though, and found…another paper bag inside the paper bag. What in the world was going on?!
Eventually, after unwrapping multiple layers of grocery bags, and probably some other layers of boxes and grocery bags, I got to the heart of the gift which was…you guessed it…two CDs!
One was the soundtrack to “A Preacher’s Wife” with Whitney Houston and the other was Celine Dion’s 1992 self-titled album. Well, I’m sure you can imagine what happened next. I proceeded to sing Whitney and Celine through the house, on long car trips, wherever I could for the next probably, oh, 20ish years.
The point is, it was a very unique way to wrap a gift. Santa must have known that simply opening a gift and immediately knowing what it is can be very boring. So he mixed things up and I have a great memory of that Christmas. As well as some lifelong favorite songs by Whitney Houston and Celine Dion (who is amazing in concert, btw!).
It’s funny how things work out. I don’t remember any of the pretty gift wrap with shiny bows, or the cute gift wrapping with reindeer, but I do remember a couple CDs wrapped in paper grocery bags. Which got me thinking…maybe what matters isn’t the perfection of your gift wrap but the intent behind it!
And so, here’s my secret to the perfectly wrapped gift: do it however you like!
Gift Wrapping Ideas
My theory is that as long as you like your gift wrapping style, stick with it. I do recommend finding one way that works best for you, since no one likes reinventing the wheel for no reason. As I mentioned earlier, my preferred method is the bag and tissue technique (with a little personalized decoration thrown in).
My sister on the other hand, has always been really good at folding paper and figuring out just how much wrapping paper to use. So, she gently wraps things in paper without ending up with the giant crumpled mess that I do whenever I attempt. To each her own!
Sometimes you may want to mix it up, though. I have seen some very creative gift wrapping ideas lately, which I will list below, complete with videos! Because every good “How To” blog post has a list of ideas, doesn’t it?
Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas:
- Borrow this Japanese-inspired wrapping technique where you not only wrap the gift with paper, but also in a lovely scarf – which also serves as a gift in itself! (video credit: Rouge Shop)
- Or turn your gift into a piece of art with this absolutely adorable paper folding technique (which is also going to require some patience, as well as a fancy paper folding tool!) (video credit: Areumdeuri Gift Wrapping)
- For the weird shaped gifts in your life, here are some creative ways to work with what you’ve got! (video credit: Cityline Daytime Show)
- Finally, I learned a lot about how to up my gift bag game with these ideas from Hallmark, The Gift Wrap Company, and Premier Packaging
Some Holiday Shopping Tips
After watching those gift wrapping videos, not only should you feel extremely relaxed, but you should also be in a holiday mood!
Here are a few tips for making sure you’ve got the gifts in time to actually wrap them and get them under the tree by the big day.
Gift Cards are Always Available
Gift cards are always a great option if you are in a hurry and need a quick gift that you know your friend or family member will love!
With many gift card amounts available, you just can’t go wrong with a gift card! Bleckley House Gifts gift cards are emailed, so you can even go PAPERLESS for an eco-friendly gifting experience!
Order by December 15th
Shipping delays are expected with this holiday season, so be sure to order with plenty of time to account for this.
Currently, most major carriers recommend ordering by December 15 so your gifts will arrive before Christmas Day!
Local delivery is always free, and tends to be a much quicker turnaround, so if you happen to be in the Greenville, SC area don’t forget to select local delivery at checkout.
Have An Issue?
Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any order issues including shipping delays, damaged items, anything! I am here to help, and will be happy to assist and make it right!
Most of all, I hope that right now you are finding ways to enjoy the holiday season. However you celebrate, I wish you peace and joy during this time.
Happiest Holiday Wishes,