I Kissed Ribbons Goodbye (Advent Unplugged)

December 30th, 2011

See the pretty ribbon?  These are definitely not mine.
As we close out the Christmas season, here’s a final Advent Unplugged post, subtitled: “Gift wrapping shouldn’t give you nightmares.”  I don’t wrap gifts well.  I enjoy the process, but have always struggled with bows and ribbons.  I have an aunt whose gifts are works of art and so I have an inferiority complex, but I think it’s justified because my packages continue to look like they were wrapped by a ten-year-old many years after I stopped actually being a ten-year-old.
Stocking up on wrapping supplies can also get expensive fast and if you’re wrapping gifts on Christmas Eve like I was this year, it seems extra silly to waste money on festive accouterments that will be ripped off with nary a glance just a few hours later.
So this year I just didn’t bother with ribbons.  Or bows.  I wrapped the packages in pretty paper I bought at the dollar store, wrote the recipient’s name in permanent marker on the top, and called it a day.  Honestly, I think they actually looked better.  Cleaner.
And don’t assume that a lack of bows makes for a boring package.  For the presents for the grandparents, Miss Mouse helped put the finishing touches on, thanks to a big box of foam Christmas stickers I bought on clearance at Michael’s.  Festive, no?
This post is part of the Frugal Fridays carnival over at Life as Mom.  Stop by for more money-saving tips!

5 responses to “I Kissed Ribbons Goodbye (Advent Unplugged)”

  1. G'Mom says:

    Great idea! Besides, a stash of bows and ribbons takes up an inordinate amount of storage space in the basement. (Or they end up getting smushed if you try to cram them into a single container.)

  2. Flamingo says:

    I gave up making gifts pretty a long time ago:) here's another idea…you can use old christmas cards to decorate with.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I'm a horrible wrapper and dislike doing it. My goal: get it done ASAP. I use a Sharpie to write names, no bows, no frills. Done.
    No one cares anyway-it just gets thrown away.

  4. Kate says:

    @Flamingo — Oooh, I like the Christmas card idea. I tend not to save cards because I don't have a use for them. This would make me feel better than just throwing them out!

  5. Kate says:

    @Jennifer — I definitely agree. And with little kids, they don't even notice the beautiful wrapping! My three-year-old would probably be happiest if things weren't even wrapped. Just stick a gift directly in her outstretched hands!

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