I don’t give that many gifts any more. But it seems to take me longer than ever to wrap them and I don’t know why.
I started earlier than ever this year. Usually I wait until the day before so I can see them all unwrapped and make sure my piles for each person are nice and even. Don’t want to give one of my kids a lot and the other too little.
I tried various folding methods – you know, after you tape the long side you have to fold the ends. You can fold in the two sides, fold up the bottom and down the top. Or fold down the top, in the two sides and then up the bottom. Or (and this is actually the way I was taught) you can fold in one side at a time, going around to each side in a 1-2-3-4 fashion. It got me thinking about who taught me how to wrap presents in the first place. I can’t remember. Can you?
However you fold, I’m finding that coffee liberally laced with Bailey’s Irish cream is helpful in getting the job done. Also, frequent checks on email, stopping to chat with friends online, getting out for fresh air on a dog walk, and chatting with the concierge downstairs are all useful.
Someone suggested I use bags instead of boxes and wrapping paper next year. That’s a great idea. I think I might miss the Bailey’s, though.