(blogged by Linda MacDonald)
I have a love/hate relationship with wrapping gifts. I love and appreciate receiving beautifully wrapped presents and genuinely aspire to do so for those I give gifts to. My beloved Auntie Jean, who was one of the kindest souls ever to grace my life, always treated each and every gift with reverence - taking care not to rip the paper in which it was wrapped...which often resulted in a painstakingly slow process. We children would sit at her feet, trying to be patient while she opened her gifts and happily received the heaps of praise she sent our way for the "beautiful" way we wrapped them.
Now, I can certainly hold my own when it comes to wrapping a pretty gift.
I just choose not to, for the most part.
When you have several children, and the many presents that goes along with that, you sometimes don't put your best effort forth on each and every gift to be wrapped. Perhaps you cut the paper too short and it doesn't quite reach the other side...and a sticky bow is all the dressing some will get.
Do the kids care?
I doubt it; although I think girls care considerably more than boys! Regardless, I tend to only pull out all of the stops when wrapping and embellishing gifts for the special women in my life.
And of course Matthew.
Because you don't send a gift Matthew Mead's way that doesn't sparkle with style and creativity!
And so, I make a concerted effort to learn from stylish gift wrappers like Matthew himself and loyal readers and blogging friends like Paige of Simple Thoughts...who wraps the most heavenly creations. Here are a few examples of the pretties that nestle beneath Paige's tree:
(the following photos were used with Paige's permission):
Can you even imagine?
Did I mention that Paige has four daughters?
I bet they appreciate her efforts!!
And of course Matthew, who is no schlep when it comes to clever and gorgeous gift wrappings:
After all, you don't get to be editor of your own Holiday magazine by sticking presents in dollar store gift bags, now do you??!!!
So...how do you wrap your gifts?
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