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A Week of Gift Wrapping

December 6, 2010

When I was little, my family would designate a night leading up to Christmas, and my mom, my dad and I would sit around the living room floor and wrap all the gifts. It would usually be around the 19th or 20th, after all the gifts were bought and the house was decorated– but before all the parties. We’d bring out the gift wrap that was “this year’s” wrapping paper, and we’d begin to tackle the project. When I first started helping, my job was to write on the gift tags. As I grew older, I had more responsibility, and rather than just being the human tape dispenser, I actually got to put the paper around the package and tape. I was quite messy, even early on, but that might have added to the “cute” charm of my gifts. I remember these nights because they took forever (or what I thought was “forever” back then), and although it was fun doing something as a family centered around Christmas, I didn’t really enjoy it because I wasn’t very good at it.

During my senior year of Vanderbilt, I decided to work part-time at a local gift shop in the very popular and trendy Hillsboro Village. Beyond learning a ton about retail and customer service, I grew volumes in my gift-wrapping skills. The shop had free gift wrap, which was usually just a nice brown box with raffia ribbon tied a certain way. But, I learned so much about gift paper, ribbons, and doing it quickly and efficiently that the act of gift wrapping became less stressful and more fun.

These days, I can whip out a well-wrapped gift in less than a few minutes. I enjoy the process, and I love thinking of creative ways to do it better.

This week, we’ll go over what I know… the basics with wrapping and bow-making, using everyday objects to gift wrap, ways to be creative in gift wrapping, and how to make your own decorative paper. We’ll also look at what other bloggers and creative folk have done.

I’m excited you’ll take a break from regularly scheduled Schmate programming to brainstorm wrapping ideas with me. (Also, this is part of #13 on my Thirty Before 30 list!) Check back tomorrow for the first installment: the basics!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Lauren permalink
    December 6, 2010 9:22 am

    I am VERY excited about the upcoming series on gift-wrapping posts. I feel strongly about attractive presents.

  2. Cheryl permalink
    December 6, 2010 10:24 am

    Can’t wait!

  3. Annette permalink
    December 6, 2010 3:14 pm

    Kate, your gifts are always the prettiest under my tree. I have always marveled at your bows and the ability to make them with 2 hands, when I have always contended I need 4. I absolutely cannot wait for your wrapping instructions. Hopefully it will stick (with me) this time.

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