Wrapping Christmas gifts now - how do you keep them 'fluffy'?

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Posted 12/6/2012 by *~*amanda*~* in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 12/6/2012 9:48:04 AM
Several people have said that they have all of their wrapping done already and I got to wondering this...

How do you keep the packages looking 'fluffy' and 'full'? The bows, ribbons, etc?
How do you store them so they don't get flattened out and mushed down?

I wrap all the gifts from us and put them under the tree and then a couple days before Christmas I'll wrap the Santa gifts. I then put them back in their hiding place but its a juggling act to balance them all on top of each other so none of the bows get mashed down and they still look nice and pretty on Christmas morning.

Admittedly, I am a little on the anal side about the presentation of gifts on Christmas morning. I like the paper to coordinate and I like big, fluffy bows and long, flowing ribbons. I do realize that I'm the only one this matters to and all the work I put into the prettiness is demolished in about 2.493 seconds!

So how do you keep the gifts looking pretty and fluffy?



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Posted: 12/6/2012 9:54:22 AM
Well I wrap the kids gifts in red paper for DD and green paper for DS so I don't have to mess with tags. None of those get ribbons because it is a waste in my opinion. The kids rip into the paper and wouldn't even see the pretty ribbons. Also none of the presents to the kids go under the tree until Christmas Eve evening when the kids are asleep. Sadly Santa doesn't come to our house anymore. The only presents under the tree right now are ones to cousins, grandparents and family animals.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 9:55:45 AM
I wait to stick the bows on the presents until they are under the tree. After the gifts are arranged, I stick bows on the corners of the ones poking out. That way there are no smushy bows. But, I don't do the whole ribbon and bow thing that it sounds like you are doing (which I bet are so pretty!)



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Posted: 12/6/2012 9:58:54 AM
Well, I wrap but don't bow or ribbon them until I'm putting them under the tree after the kids are in bed Christmas Eve. That way, they stack up quite nicely in my hiding place. Why do you have them out under the tree, and then hide them again?

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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:05:08 AM

None of those get ribbons because it is a waste in my opinion. The kids rip into the paper and wouldn't even see the pretty ribbons.

Oh, I agree! I do it for myself. I love the way it looks all coordinated and 'fancy'. The kids couldn't care less!

After the gifts are arranged, I stick bows on the corners of the ones poking out.

That's a great idea!

Why do you have them out under the tree, and then hide them again?

I don't. There are a few gifts for each kid, and gifts for the rest of our families, that are from us. I wrap those and put them under the tree when they are wrapped. We have Christmas with my family a few days before Christmas and those are opened then.
The gifts that are from Santa are put out on Christmas Eve night after the kids are in bed and opened on Christmas morning.
I'll wrap the gifts from Santa a couple days before Christmas so I don't have to do it all on Christmas Eve after the kids go to bed. Those are the ones that Im asking about.



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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:09:04 AM

Why do you have them out under the tree, and then hide them again?

I don't. There are a few gifts for each kid, and gifts for the rest of our families, that are from us. I wrap those and put them under the tree when they are wrapped.


Got it! I misunderstood. I like the idea of sticking the bows on the corners too. I'm going to steal that one.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:17:24 AM
All the 'under' boxes are put on their sides and the bows stay nice and fluffed and the 'top' box goes bow side up and that also has the longest tails and flows to the bottom of the pile for that person.



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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:27:38 AM
I wrap everything, but don't bow and ribbon until Christmas Eve.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:25:51 AM
Geez, I need to step up my game! I don't mind wrapping presents, but I am extremely lazy about it. I use whatever tape I can find and don't use tags because I just write the person's name on it in Sharpie..... Bows, really? My kids wouldn't even notice if there was a bow or not before the paper was ripped to shreds.

The presents aren't pretty at our house!


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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:36:08 PM
No ribbons or bows on anyone of our gifts. The cats think that ribbon and bows ARE the gift, and that it is for THEM, so they must play with it!

So yeah, only flat presents, as much as that disappoints me.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:42:49 PM

How do you keep the packages looking 'fluffy' and 'full'? The bows, ribbons, etc?
How do you store them so they don't get flattened out and mushed down?



We take all of our gifts to my parent's house, so no bows or ribbons until I unpack them there Then I sit down and pretty them up right before they go under the tree.

Until then they are all wrapped and stacked in the closet in dh's den


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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:06:39 PM
I do ribbons and bows, and also try to wrap early. I just kind of try to arrange the gifts on top of each other so that the bows aren't crushed. I do some fluffing and adjusting when I take them from their hiding places and put them under the tree. Also, I've become quite fond of using that wide fabric ribbon with wire edges. You can flatten a bow made with it (for stacking), and then make it gorgeous when you put it under the tree.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:12:53 PM
I wrap my gifts with brown postal paper and red and white twine so I don't have big fancy bows on them that could get flattened.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:36:03 PM
I make my own bows and only use ribbon with wire and that makes them easy to fluff back out. I buy Picks with berries, candy canes, snowmen, santa and greenery and after I make the bow I use green floral tape to tape picks to ribbon wire then use wire cutters to make stem small and tape to my packages.

Before moving back to our hometown I would put rolled up paper towels in all the loops to keep the bows looking better but by using wire ribbon they usually looked fresh made anyway.

I would post a picture but I forgot how to do that...


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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:41:17 PM
No bows or ribbons here either. I just don't see the point, particularly because Santa brings everything except the Christmas Eve jammies at our house. Maybe if we had presents under the tree for awhile, I might get more adventurous with my wrapping. Everyone gets their own pattern of wrapping paper each year and that's how they know which presents to open.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:48:37 PM
I use wide tulle and that does not really smush too badly. I can stack on top of each other and then kind of gently fluff them up last minute. The tulle is inexpensive at Hobby Lobby and I love how big the bows are


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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:36:43 PM
I wrap them, put ribbon and bows the arrange them carefully so bows don't get smashed. Of course there are times a few bows get smashed but for the most part all stays looking pretty. I know my now adult kids would notice if I didn't have ribbons and bows.

Santa presents are all wrapped in the same paper with no ribbon and each kid get a certain color bow, it has been that way since the oldest was born. I don't worry about the ribbon because they aren't put out until Christmas eve. Yes, Santa still visits my adult kids but this year it might be stockings only...they are awfully old for the gifts.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 9:01:40 PM
I like to use pretty paper and even better......sparkly pretty tags!

Some presents get bows and ribbon...some just that nice tag. I don't do the wrapping too far in advance..a week or less (mere hours sometimes!) so the gifts all look okay to me.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 9:46:27 PM
In past years, I used spools of tulle in place or ribbon and typical bows. The tulle bows can be stacked without damage and are easy to refluff. This year, I am duplicating a pinterest find. My 11year old and I cut tons of paper show flakes- they are topping our packages along with jute twine. It looks pretty and kind of old fashioned.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 9:54:11 PM
I don't do ribbons or bows and the only ones that get tags are the ones to other family members. Each year, DSs pick out a wrapping paper that matches their interests or that they like. I wrap all their presents in the one they pick. We also do this for their birthday as we have a huge joint birthday party for them.

I tried the ribbon and bows, but like a previous poster said, my cat thought they were her gifts. I'd find bows around my house and watch my cat knock over presents as she wrapped herself in the ribbon.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 9:55:11 PM
My kids are grown now, but dd still lives at home, and ds is here every few weeks. the way I do gifts now, is the way I've always done it, even when the kids were little.

I wrap a few gifts every couple of nights once the tree is up, so I don't end up with a big bunch of gifts to wrap all at once. I put the gifts under the tree as I go, so people can examine them and try and figure them out I don't tend to do fancy bows... I do curly ribbon and stick on bows for most of them, so maybe I'm not the best person to answer your question!

When the kids were little, Santa brought the bulky, hard to wrap things, and filled stockings - nothing wrapped. Now, we do stockings for everyone, but nothing is wrapped and it's mostly little, fun things and treats. As well as socks... everyone gets socks in their stocking


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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:10:00 PM
We don't do ribbons or bows at our house. No orres about keeping anything "fluffy".

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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:14:20 PM
I use wired ribbon, so you can shape and reshape to your heart's content.




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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:50:06 PM
Thanks for all the input....some great ideas and new things to try.

I really like the tulle idea...I bet that's just gorgeous!

Ive seen pics on Pinterest of brown paper wrapped packages with twine on them and think those look really pretty too!



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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:50:07 PM
Thanks for all the input....some great ideas and new things to try.

I really like the tulle idea...I bet that's just gorgeous!

Ive seen pics on Pinterest of brown paper wrapped packages with twine on them and think those look really pretty too!



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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:50:08 PM
Thanks for all the input....some great ideas and new things to try.

I really like the tulle idea...I bet that's just gorgeous!

Ive seen pics on Pinterest of brown paper wrapped packages with twine on them and think those look really pretty too!



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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:57:44 PM
We use tulle. It's pretty and fluffy even if you smash it


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