Growing up, I was always tasked with gift wrapping for the entire family – gifts to my mom from my dad, gifts from my sister to our brother, and even gifts from my siblings to me. Funny, I couldn’t stand it at the time, but I realize it was because I was the only one in the family crazy enough to get those crisp corners, fluff the bows, and hide the taped edges just so.
We all know by now that I’m a perfectionist. We get it; we can move on.
While I’m completely attracted to shiny and sparkly things, I’ve always been more of a brown-paper-packages kind of girl (we like that it can be used year round), but I still like to fun it up; see exhibit A, right here. This year, I spruced up my usual kraft paper with gold ink, so, you know, I guess I still added some shiny, sparkly goodness.
Yes, I’m still the gift-wrapper under this roof (Scott’s more of the put-it-in-a-bag and throw-some-tissue-in-there kind of guy), and oddly enough, I’m finally enjoying it. (It only took 30 years!) I’m thinking my Yay! stamp helps, because isn’t that what you’re really feeling when you’re giving those personal, thought out gifts?
I actually use this same stamp for all my outgoing Pet Shop orders (check out exhibit B, right here), and it makes just as much sense for holiday gift giving, right? I originally got the idea from Jack’s fuzzy friend, Ammo the Dachshund, and with his blessing, I made my own using text in Photoshop, saving my Yay! file as a .png and sending it off to Simon’s Stamps. (Although any text-making program could work, like Word.) Of course my favorite part is that they’re super affordable – we always get the traditional wood handle rubber stamps and use a separate ink pad. Because yes, we have a few Simon Stamps. (They’re just really addicting! And, they reverse the text for you. Easy.)
In our usual Christmas-y fashion, we’re a bit behind in sharing festive-y goodness around this virtual home (and we still have a project or two we’d like to tackle), but we think any pre-made stamps from hobby stores could spruce up packages in a pinch; you could even use brown paper bags!
Also, these paws.
And now that I’ve finally embraced my gift-wrapping place in the world, I wonder, how do you embellish your gifts? Can we see?