Tuesday, December 21, 2010

{Wrapping all the way}

A person with no hands can wrap a present better than I can. I'm all about purchasing a gift bag from the $1 store down the hill.

Bret on the other hand enjoys to wrap, and though his lines and seams aren't straight I'm grateful to him for wrapping because I know they look 10 times better than what I could produce.

This year we decided to do "brown paper packages tied up with strings" for all of our gifts.Bret did the brown paper part and today I will finish up with the whole string part. It's the one part I am fairly good at and enjoy doing.Quick, simple tags for the gifts the kids get from us. One thing from each category and a few extras for all the kids to use and play with is plenty in my opinion. Add to the mix extended family and close friends who send gifts our way, plus a few stocking stuffers and sweets, with an orange at the bototm of course, and it's more than enough.

It was so much fun sorting and wrapping (and by wrapping I mean watching Bret wrap and giving instruction) last night. We had a few good laughs when we had to unwrap some of the gifts because we both forgot what was inside.

We had to stop halfway through the wrapping because we were tired. Looks like tonight will be another fun filled night of laughs and floor sitting.

Now for a question...Do you do Santa gifts? If so do you wrap them up and label them from Santa or do you leave them unwrapped and in a pile for each kid?

17 comments:

banananutmeg said...

i love your want need wear read method! I have a really hard time with the whole gift thing....we keep Christmas simple and give the kids each a gift fom us (sometimes 2), and a gift from santa, and a stocking. Then when you throw in gifts from grannies amd cousins it gets out of control quickly. Plus, they have birthdays in december, so they're already all toyed out, and I want to get them clothes and practical things for Christmas...but that's less fun. This is a perfect solution! Thanks!

and santa doesn't wrap gifts....no time for that...and too easy for kids to notice that santa has the same paper as mom and dad....

Debbi said...

I love your paper and strings wrapping. A few years ago my mom got tired of all the paper, so she MADE cloth bags...all sizes, and they all tie. It's nice and she doesn't have to wrap anymore...plus no garbage.

Santa doesn't wrap here, he just sets them out to play. This year because resident salaries ROCK and all, we decided to do one santa gift for each kid and then we put everyone's name in a bowl and draw names...and that is it. We then made a price limit, went to the store and split up. I can't wait to see what people picked, because the price limit was pretty small. Also, Noah was with Wade and the first thing he saw (he had my name) that he wanted to buy me was a bra?!?

I love the bell idea too... I have a craft/activity for every day for the break, but I might have to steal the bell idea and make it a bonus craft:)

Stephanie said...

I love the brown paper and ribbons, and your tags are cute! :-)

My kids are still young, so our Santa stuff still varies, we're figuring out what works for us. We do stockings, and those presents are not wrapped. Last year Santa also brought a Wii for the family. This year we'll be gone at Christmas, and the cousins we're spending the holiday with don't do Santa at all, so I think Santa is going to visit our house while we're gone, and he'll just fill the stockings. Hopefully my 5 year old will just go with it.

When I was a kid though, everything from Santa was wrapped, and Santa had his own special wrapping paper.

Okay, really long comment over now! ha.

M Occasionally B said...

yes on Santa gifts, no on wrapping them! love you want, need, read, and wear. the simplicity of it is fantastic!

{natalie} said...

love the tags!

{Erica} said...

Thanks Nat! I pulled out the letter stamps I got in the $1 bin at Target from the girls craft box and their $1 ink pad and made the tags last night. I liked how they turned out sort of crooked due to the individual letter stamping...

I kept the stamps in a ziplock bag and will pack along with Christmas decor so I have them every year. (good thing I bought like 5 of those letter stamp things!)

lyn. said...

Santa never wraps gifts... he's way to busy for that!!

He just fills the stockings and put the gifts under each stocking...

Chrissy Jo said...

I love your category tags! Our formula for Christmas presents is Something To Wear+Something To Read+Something to Play With=Success. Want ultimate success? Add Something They Really Want But Don't Think They Are Going To Get.

I long for the day I can put presents under the tree and trust they will stay wrapped until Christmas morning. For now they are all wrapped up and tucked away... even the Santa presents, which consists of one wrapped exciting present and the stocking.

The Perry Family said...

Santa stuff is always out and in a pile for each kiddo unwrapped.

Alison said...

I LOVE the want, need, wear, and read gifts. I may still this idea for the future. Keeps things in control and the kids know what to expect. LOVE it!
We set out one Santa gift and wrap the rest. :)

Cluff Family said...

We wrap EVERYTHING! We like the moment to last as long as possible and for the excitment to build as the survey the different shapes and sizes and wonder what is inside. We buy secret paper for santa or tell our kids to leave our paper out for him. We always take turns opening to make it last longer and make allmom and dads work worth while!

mary elizabeth said...

growing up, santa did not wrap our gifts but i think my husband grew up with the santa gifts being wrapped.

right now, with just me + vince we wrap all our gifts, even though my wrapping skills aren't very good! ha!

Mayday said...

Santa leaves our stockings and a couple of gifts unwrapped next to them. Santa couldn't possibly have time to make and wrap all the gifts could he? Not in our house:)

Cristy said...

Love the way you're organizing! I've been doing that too with the kids. They get one wrapped gift from Mom and Dad, they get one wrapped gift from Santa (that appears Christmas morning under the tree), then we choose names in the family so that's one wrapped gift from a family member, then the extra family etc. We do Santa piles in the room with the less "exciting" gifts, but usually the wrapped ones are their big gifts for the year.

chandra said...

What typically falls into the need list? Because for my kids it usually is something to wear! I just really love this idea and want to use it next year. I always feel like we go over board! Four gifts and a stocking seems totally doable!

{Erica} said...

Chandra - good question. The Need category can be something you wear as well...no worries there.

This year some of the things I had down for the "need" part was underwear, socks, hair stuff, rainboots, gloves, etc.

Yes they do wear all that but it's also something that they need.

For the wear category we usually get them something cute like a dress or an outfit. They don't necessarily need a new dress or outfit but it's something they can wear.

So this year Ella's getting:
Wear - shirts
need - rain boots

Mailee is getting:
wear - outfit and uggs
need - rain boots

Lynn said...

those tags are a great idea! but you are always full of good ideas i'm finding. thanks for passing on the sunday photo thing. i hope i can do it.

i am also finding we have much in common - as in my wrapping is terrible but i do have a hubby who can wrap circles around me. AND I had the exact same questions about Santa's gifting practices. But I never got around to polling folks.

At our house santa just leaves the best gift. unwrapped, near the stocking.