Do you wrap gifts? Have you ever thought about the different approaches one can take to this seasonal task? Perhaps our approach reveals a bit about our personality. What kind of wrapper are you?
The Stand Up Comic. You may be showing your age if you remember anyone – yourself included – taking this approach. For you see, youngin’s, many years ago there were these things called newspapers, and they were delivered to homes everywhere.
The most exciting day for a newspaper was Sunday. For on Sundays, there were several pages printed in color. These were known as the Sunday Comics. Many of these comic strips remain as classics in the minds of those of us who remember.
In any case, most every family had one member who wrapped all their gifts in comic papers. And why not? It was environmentally friendly. There was no additional cost – because you already had the newspapers. All you had to do was dig out the comics from the ever growing stack of newspapers from yesterday and beyond.
My experience is that the people who wrapped in the comics also didn’t bother with gift tags. Why would they? Just write the “To” and “From” right on the paper, of course!
Using a tag would likely be in stark contrast to the person’s inner compass, to whatever in them propelled them to wrap gifts in Blondie and Dagwood, Beetle Bailey, Family Circus, and Peanuts. Oh oh. Do I have to explain “Peanuts” now? Did we even have packing peanuts back then?
The Bad Wrapper. A not so distant cousin to the Comic Wrapper is the Bad Wrapper. This person doesn’t know how to wrap a present nicely, and he or she (okay, mostly these are he’s) doesn’t care to learn. It’s just not important to them in life.
If you know someone like this – or are married to them as in my case, here’s a tip. There are usually events around town which offer to wrap gifts in exchange for a donation which is then given to a charity. Our library has had these events in the past.
Dan would rather drive 15 minutes to the library, ask the pretty ladies to help a poor guy out, make a donation, and then drive the 15 minutes back home – rather than wrap the one gift in his charge. Of course, that one gift would be the one he has for me. I’m all good with this because as we all know, it’s all about the card. Right, ladies?
Our next one is also related to the Stand Up Comic and the Bad Wrapper.
The Re-Boxer. If you’ve ever given a pair of mittens in a can opener box, then you are a re-boxer. I don’t know if it’s age or some genetic makeup that makes some of us look at a cardboard box and think, “That’s a good box. I am going to save it.”
But be warned, if you don’t know already. Re-using a box can lead to some awkward gift-opening moments. “Oh wow, I was needing a new can opener.” or in the case of a more expensive item’s box, “Oh wow! You shouldn’t have! I can’t believe you got me this.” Followed by the proverbial, “Well, actually, I didn’t.”
Yep, re-packaging in a cardboard box – nice as it may be – can be uncomfortable. Perhaps this is why boxes for food are never used. “What? Uh. You got me cornflakes?”
The Bagger. Of course, we all know who “the baggers” are. These are the same people who shop at Dollar Tree. Because that is where you can get great gift bags for a dollar. Well, now the price is $1.25, but they are not going to get that extra quarter outa me! Nope! I reuse those bags year after year after year.
All of us baggers do. It’s the appeal of the bags. You just have to be smart about the tags. Either you have to be careful how you affix the tag to the bag – or you just have to use the same bag for the same person every year. They probably aren’t going to remember anyway. And besides – even if they did, it’s not like you got them cornflakes for Christmas.
Of course, there are other, less colorful wrappers. Like the naturalist – someone who wraps a gift in brown paper, ties it with twine and adds a sprig of holly. Or those creative types – someone who makes bows, paints paper, or even wraps in fabric. And then there are those frugal types who buy all their wrapping paper on December 26th – or even later for a higher discount -at Walmart.
But you know what? How a gift is wrapped doesn’t matter one iota, does it? Whatever the way, someone cares, and that, my dear friend, is all that matters.
And that’s a wrap!