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« Reply #20 on: December 23, 2005 11:30:33 AM »

The suitcases are a great idea! I saw a bunch of these at TJ Maxx for 2.99 or something cheap. I'll have to remember to get some for next year.

Edit: here are a few of the prettier packages I wrapped this year. I'm on a "real ribbon" kick, it seems!

I love the minimalist way you used the ribbon!  I've been on a real ribbon kick too thanks to Martha Stewart making me feel really guilty about stick on bows.  How did you STICK the ribbon to the package.  Sometimes that wire edged crap can be a pill.

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« Reply #21 on: September 30, 2006 03:58:11 PM »

Last year, I wrapped all the presents in old paper dress making patterns that I'd been given.  Patterns were from the '80's and there was no way I'd be using them, so had a lovely time wrapping.  Because it's fairly fine paper, had to use a bit of sticky tape mending the tears, but they were well received and looked fun!
« Reply #22 on: October 01, 2006 07:44:14 AM »

It has been said that I use too much tape. Wink
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« Reply #23 on: October 16, 2006 11:30:34 PM »

i looooove giftwrapping. i originally got my current student job (in a bookstore) because they employed me as a giftwrapper over xmas then decided to keep me on. and at xmas i still get lumped with the wrapping, coz i'm the best at it Wink

this year i have plain brown paper from Ikea, and ribbon (10c a metre on clearance sale! i bought i whole roll!) i like the fabric ribbons because people tend to keep and reuse them, which is less wasteful.

here are some older bits and pieces:

box from ikea, random bit of black cord, shoe charm (girl loves shoes)

red gingham fabric (because i'd run out of sticky tape, and fabric canbe held closed with a bow).

beautiful silver and red sari fabric. might use some of this for xmas presents also.

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« Reply #24 on: October 16, 2006 11:32:59 PM »

oh i'm all about present wrapping, if i could do it for a living i would!

here's a little swap present i sent out recently


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« Reply #25 on: October 17, 2006 12:08:30 AM »

Let's see..last year we got our 3 year old a my little pony set for her b-day. It was wrapped in a pillowcase (perfect size).

We also have a tradition of "Wal-mart wrapping paper". The bag we bought it in. Learned from my MIL!

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« Reply #26 on: October 19, 2006 10:41:32 PM »

my best friend refuses to use anything for what its made for. When she writes me letters, they have to be on pages ripped out of nat. geographic, or empty fast food bags,etc..

xmas wrapping is no different.. last year I got a hammock from peru, it was wrapped in the cutoff leg of her jeans, one year I got a funny oscar the grouch mug, it was wrpaped in little kids superman undies(new!), etc..etc..

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« Reply #27 on: October 21, 2006 09:30:15 PM »

One year for my brother's birthday I didn't have any tissue and I was feeling pretty cheap so I wrapped his present in plain brown paper, stuck it in a gift bag and on the way to his house I stopped at the side of the road and picked some bushy wild flowers (mostly lupins and mustard) and stuffed the bag with them.  It turned out pretty cool.  For christmas you could use some evergreen branches instead of wild flowers.

« Reply #28 on: October 26, 2006 06:42:41 PM »

I am THE wrapper in the family.  I love doing it, and pretty much wrap everyone's presents for them.  I always take a day and go over to my grama's house and do all hers.  She orders pizza and we eat christmas baking all day.  My dad will conveniently bring all his down when I am doing mine with the 'intention' of doing it right after I'm done (well, the scissors and tape are already out after all).  I just laugh because he knows that I will do them.  He doesn't have to be sneaky.

I generally wrap all my gifts for everyone in the same paper.  As soon as Winner's puts out their paper I go and find one pattern I like and buy as many rolls as I can.  It has to be the good thick paper.  And a simple pattern - nothing cheesy.  Then a bow or ribbon.  For my couple friends (married, living together...) I always get some nice holiday hand towels or candles or orniments and wrap them up in a nice gift box -  where the box is the wrapping paper.  Just add a ribbon and you're done. 

I love the craft paper idea, then I can draw in crayons on them to make a special theme for the gifts.  Might just have to try that out this year.  You know it's going to be good when you get to use your crayons!
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« Reply #29 on: October 26, 2006 06:51:49 PM »

I'm a brown paper girl myself. Everyone knows a gift is from me because of the plain brown paper and white cotton cord in a bow. No tape, and just the recipients name on the package in permanent ink. I don't use craft paper though, Just cut up grocery bags (I've wrapped very large items this way too- just use multiple bags.)

Creative wrappings I have thought about (and have recieved) include an empty tangerine crate covered in orange tissue paper and then the netting replaced, empty cosmetic bags, cookie tins, and the all time favourite for my family- girl scout cookie boxes.
Then for the family members we don't really like/want to prank (or maybe like them too much)- a huuuge box (refrigerator sized) filled with laundry (mostly underwear, all clean.) and at the very bottom is the gift (usually money taped to the bottom.) It's more fun to throw undergarments everywhere than tissue paper anyway, right?

I like personal swaps <3

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