December 19th, 2009

Wrap It Up . . . or not.

I'm beginning to be against gift wrapping. I used to love it, and I'm not too modest to admit that I'm pretty good at it. The neat edges, the bows, the delightful wee gift tags. And for kids, unwrapping the gift is half the fun. But for adults, I'm all about the gift bags. Stuff something in, tape it shut, off you go. Next year, you see the bag you gave being used to give someone else's gift. It's fantastic.

This year, a gift for my dad came in a box. I had planned on unpackaging it and rewrapping it. Although . . . really? I have since changed my mind. I'm actually trying to convince Daddy not to wrap those pieces of luggage, actually . . . he doesn't seem too impressed with my argument. We go out to buy paper (tissue paper and wrapping paper) that will be thrown away not even a week later. Not only are we creating an incredible amount of waste, but we're literally throwing money away. I will reuse paper and boxes, however, if they're in good condition. I mean, it just makes sense.

When I was a kid, Santa never used to wrap my gifts . . . he used to just lay them out under the tree. If it's good enough for Santa Claus, it's good enough for me!