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Posted: 12/16/2013 7:03:14 PM
What was I thinking when I bought that. Some of my paper is just plain ugly.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 7:07:20 PM
The answer for me is, I bought it at the after Christmas sale.



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Posted: 12/16/2013 7:07:41 PM
I think it was either really really cheap or I was out and it was all the store had.

Then I let dh use it


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Posted: 12/16/2013 7:09:37 PM
I bought a couple different styles of Peanuts wrapping paper at Hallmark last year. It is so stinking cute. I wish I would have bought a few more rolls.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 7:12:27 PM
NO! I only wrap in tone on tone silver paper. This year is swirls, zebra and wood grain. I accent with whatever color I'm decorating the tree with. This year is aqua. I think I may do black and silver next year

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Posted: 12/16/2013 7:15:03 PM
Yes, we're packing a Pod to move cross country (PS, a 16 foot pod won't really fit a standard 1500 sq ft home - Pro Tip), and last night, after squeezing EVERY last thing we could in, there were still a few items that didn't fit. One was my box of wrapping paper.

HAHAHAHAHAHA! I was so happy! I'm going to give it all away for free on Craigslist and start OVER. I'm only buying high-quality Hobby Lobby stuff with the grids on the back and am going to be very intentional about what I buy and how it can be combined.

To hell with cheap wrapping paper. Stay in Illinois and burn, you POS rolls. I'm sure we could probably fit it in the car if I really wanted, but there are some BIG rolls of crap in there. I'm so happy it didn't get packed first

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Posted: 12/16/2013 7:15:39 PM
Gavins Mom, I wish I were as organized as you. Your packages sound beautiful.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 7:16:24 PM

I bought a couple different styles of Peanuts wrapping paper at Hallmark last year. It is so stinking cute. I wish I would have bought a few more rolls.
I just saw some REALLY cute Peanuts paper at the Dollar Store yesterday!


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Posted: 12/16/2013 8:09:52 PM
I don't think mine is ugly but I wonder how I ended up with so much of it! I hit a few good sales last year but I have WAY too much gift wrap now. It should last me through several more Christmases!

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Posted: 12/16/2013 8:11:38 PM

To hell with cheap wrapping paper. Stay in Illinois and burn, you POS rolls.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 8:12:14 PM
DH bought a roll of paper at Costco and vows that is the only place we are buying wrapping paper from now on. It's nice to have paper that doesn't tear when you look at it wrong...


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Posted: 12/16/2013 8:12:27 PM

To hell with cheap wrapping paper. Stay in Illinois and burn, you POS rolls.

I haven't bought wrapping paper yet so I'm pretty sure I'll be ending up with some fugly crap.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 8:12:41 PM
Nope. I wrap everything in either plain red or green paper and dress it up with a festive ribbon. It is much easier that way.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 8:37:24 PM
Sometimes I wonder where it all came from. I did not allow myself to purchase any this year due to having a completely full wrapper keeper thing.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 8:40:45 PM

To hell with cheap wrapping paper. Stay in Illinois and burn, you POS rolls.

Illinois - land of ugly wrapping paper.

I gave mine away at my garage sale before we moved out of Illinois and started over too.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 8:41:22 PM
Oh I had to buy this ultra glittery crap last year from Hallmark because it was on sale. It gets glitter every where. no more glitter ever.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 8:43:08 PM
I swear ours multiplies in the closet. I haven't bought any in years and still have a ton of it. I had several really large packages and finally finished off two rolls this year - these are rolls that I have had and used for years.

I opened one new roll this year that is from a school fundraiser so I have purchased it in the last 5 years and I think it is kind of ugly so I am trying to use it up.

I haven't purchased any after Christmas in at least five years and at this rate probably won't need to buy any for at least 3-5 years LOL.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 9:56:29 PM
I usually buy gift bags from Tuesday Morning since we travel and couldn't wrap gifts ahead of time. The bags also worked better and could be reused.

This year I bought some gorgeous wrapping paper in different gold and silver patterns at Tuesday Morning. For the kids, I found some silver paper with penguins on it. Now that we live so much closer to family, we drive and can wrap ahead of time.

Also, this year, most of our gifts are in large boxes.

I found an over the door canvas gift wrapping organizer. I have lots of tissue but not a lot of gift wrap. I just buy paper as I need it. I do have lots of ribbon, etc. That's what is expensive. I stock up when Michael's has their sales.

My mom still has paper that is easily 20 years old. Nobody wants to use it because it's so easily torn.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 10:11:37 PM
When we first bought our house in KY about 8 yrs ago I bought a huge coordinating set at Sams that matched the decor of the house, blues, greens and browns with some gold and silver. I think there were 8 different patterns and depending on how I did the tree each year determined which ones I used. The bows and ribbons were gone years ago, I finished off a blue/siver stripe and ornament print roll this year. I think there is one roll left that is large brown/blue/silver stripes.

Last year I used all brown shipping paper with different ribbons and twine to go with nature themed tree. It was super cheap, I got a huge roll at Dollar Tree, and one of my favorite looks ever.

My friend does all white decor on her tree and uses freezer paper. It works really well and she got a HUGE roll for 5.00 at Walmart.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 10:18:39 PM
I buy a lot of multi packs after Christmas and there's usually one or two uglies in the pack. No one ever really notices what the paper looks like anyway.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 10:23:11 PM
I purged all of my wrapping paper about a year and a half ago. From now on, I'm buying what I like at Costco (not the huge roll, but one of the multi-roll packs) - it's beautiful, heavy, and has a grid on the back. There should be plenty for my little family of 4 and the few other gifts we give, without a ton left over.

I used to go out after Christmas and stock up, but too often I ended up not liking it the next year!


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Posted: 12/16/2013 10:28:26 PM
M in Carolina--where did you find the organizer?

I don't usually buy too much. I like to have four different rolls for each place we go. I wrap all of the presents for each stop in the same paper, that way it is easier to stay organized. This year I bought some Hallmark reversible paper at Sam's club. I really like it and hope that I continue to like it. The rolls are HUGE.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 10:29:50 PM
I do silver, blue, and white. So I just get what i may need for the year. I have 0 left from this year. Will check around for the after christmas sale to see if i find anything I like. Will not get the big roll I did this year they sucked.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 10:41:35 PM
I buy my wrapping paper in pale or metallic solids or tiny hardly there stripes, swirls or dots in 50 or 100 yd rolls. It's about $18 to $25 a roll and it usually lasts about 3-4 years. I use it for everything during the year! Christmas, Bdays, weddings, showers and just use ribbons to tie into the event.
Drives one of my sisters absolutely nuts she said this morning that her boys just knew the box from Auntie Vic had come because the gold gift wrap was under the tree. She told me she would pay me to toss the rest of this roll cuz she is sick of it.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 10:59:38 PM
I'm sure some is ugly, but I don't care what my paper looks like.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 11:06:06 PM
No, I only buy Snoopy and the Gang and penguin wrapping paper or bags and I always love it all!

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Posted: 12/16/2013 11:25:32 PM
I have a friend who used to work at Barnes & Noble and he somehow ended up with a HUGE leftover roll of wrapping paper from there. It's so ugly but he refuses to buy more until he uses all of this roll. The roll is so big that it'll last a lifetime!
I tease him every year about it and tell him he needs to buy some cute paper for his little girl's presents.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 11:31:51 PM
I buy my paper at Targets after Christmas sale. I don't like to spend a fortune on something that's going to end up in the garbage after a few days.



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Posted: 12/16/2013 11:37:41 PM
No, I gave all the thin ugly stuff to my mom. She isn't picky as long as its free! I love my wrapping paper, bright chevrons, polka dots and stripes! And the good heavy stuff with grids! Love it!
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Posted: 12/16/2013 11:40:35 PM
I usually stick to solid red, green, blue and black rolls and get the fancy ribbon bolts to jazz them up!


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Posted: 12/17/2013 1:33:36 AM
Yep I have some UGLY rolls that I'm not using this year. I bought some zombie Christmas wrapping this year from ThinkGeek it's very thick high quality stuff and SO is going to LOVE it lol

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Posted: 12/17/2013 7:58:58 AM
I buy whatever I think is pretty and anything that is cute with penguins. I don't wrap to match the tree, I wrap to suit the recipient and to suit the specific gift.

The ugliest stuff we have is from Home Depot day after Christmas sale from when my husband worked there. I didn't buy that ulgy crap.

I buy new pretty rolls every year from Target and Michael's. They are always half price by Thanksgiving. I also have a Christmas tag buying problem.

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Posted: 12/17/2013 8:03:25 AM
I'm kindof a gift wrapping snob. I buy the good stuff--paper and ribbon.

All the gifts match. This year we are using red polka dots on white with big red yarn bows and poofs. I spend more time wrapping than I do shopping.

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Posted: 12/17/2013 8:07:43 AM
Yep, or it's pretty paper, but it's so thin and flimsy that it tears if you look at it sideways. I wrap gifts for the Mental Health Association every year, so I usually take my "ugly" wrapping paper there.


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Posted: 12/17/2013 8:18:17 AM

NO! I only wrap in tone on tone silver paper. This year is swirls, zebra and wood grain. I accent with whatever color I'm decorating the tree with. This year is aqua. I think I may do black and silver next year

I love this!!! I have to tell me family there is someone more obsessed with Chritmas wrapping than I am. I never thought of matching it to my tree!

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Posted: 12/17/2013 8:26:58 AM
DH is usually the one who buys our wrapping paper. And yeah... there are a couple of rolls that I wouldn't have picked out.

I don't care though. We don't do matchy-matchy and no one else seems to care what their gifts look like. As long as it all gets wrapped, we're good!

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Posted: 12/17/2013 8:36:26 AM
This year I am saying to myself "when did I get such thin cheap paper??" I need to get a better quality for next year when it goes on sale.

And Costco rolls last forever! I looked back at photos. I bought two rolls for Christmas 2004 for Santa presents and I still haven't finished them.


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Posted: 12/17/2013 8:43:09 AM
I get the heavy stuff from Target after Christmas. I opened up my organizer and thought "wow, I did good last year." It's gold with silver hollies.

I can't stand tearing the paper while I'm trying to wrap something. I just wrapped two amaryllis pots and this stuff held up great. It's hard enough to wrap something odd like that.


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Posted: 12/17/2013 8:44:16 AM

DH bought a roll of paper at Costco and vows that is the only place we are buying wrapping paper from now on. It's nice to have paper that doesn't tear when you look at it wrong...

I think the roll I have came from BJs, and I swear it's been in use since DD was born - she'll be 10 in January!!

It isn't the PRETTIEST paper, but it's heavy-duty AND it's reversible, so there's that ... I don't think I will be finished using it up any time soon, though.

If I decide to look for some deals after Christmas, maybe this will be the year that the mega-roll gets donated. DD has never noticed it's the same year after year, or if she has, she hasn't mentioned it.


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Posted: 12/17/2013 8:45:06 AM
Yes! but I also buy mine at the post Christmas sales.


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Posted: 12/17/2013 8:51:48 AM
Hi I'm Lizzy and I love wrapping paper. Yes I'm a hoarder.
Honestly, some people like shoes, purses, etc. I love wrapping
paper & ribbon.

I choose paper to match the person's personalty. I know some people couldn't care less. I think that if you are going to choose a gift why not make it as special as the person you are buying it for?

a Co-worker once said "Now that's the difference between a gift and a present, present is part of presentation"

The funny part is I don't care how mine as wrapped.

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Posted: 12/17/2013 8:53:00 AM
I buy 100' rolls of very high quality red paper at Nashville wraps and then change up the looks of my packages every year w/ different ribbon. One roll costs about $35, but it will last me two-three years.

I bought a heavy duty dispenser/cutter like they use at stores and it has made it much easier to wrap packages.


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Posted: 12/17/2013 9:01:09 AM
Sometimes before I even get it off the roll!

I actually don't keep wrapping paper around after the holiday. I keep a small stash of emergency birthday supplies with a couple of bags, a little paper, and some bows. And even a couple of small gifts just in case. But Christmas paper I either repurpose or toss when I'm finished. I buy inexpensive paper and I don't feel the least little bit guilty about tossing what's left, because I don't spend that much on it and because I really don't have anywhere to store it throughout the year.

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Posted: 12/17/2013 9:32:55 AM
I buy a huge roll of contractor kraft paper at Home Depot. I add bakers twine and a tag that says, "brown paper packages tied up with string." We're very Sound of Music around here. Add a red or green bow and I'm finished.

Bonus-the roll lasts for years and it doubles as giant sheets of drawing paper, paper for sewing patterns, or even a casual tablecloth. Love the stuff!

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Posted: 12/17/2013 11:28:05 AM
I am a little OCD about my Christmas wrap. I love to use all different wraps. Different colors, themes, patterns, etc.
I make sure my kids don't have a lot of the same wrap also, so all of their gifts are festive and not boring.
I also organize gifts under the tree accordingly, so there isn't two presents with the same wrap close to one another under the tree.

I love my wrap, and have lots and lots of it!



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Posted: 12/17/2013 12:21:02 PM
I used to have a tradition of getting Snoopy/Peanuts paper every year. Then I started buying a huge, giant roll of paper and just using it year after year until it ran out.
We save boxes and gift bags and re-use them till they are ragged! LOL The roll of snowman paper I'm using now I'll probably use for the next two years at least.
I saw some "kraft" paper wrapping paper at Wal-Mart and really wanted to get some, but didn't because of that giant roll of snowman paper lurking in my closet! LOL Maybe they'll have some on sale after Christmas.

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Posted: 12/17/2013 12:27:58 PM
Yes! I had this EXACT thought this year. I bought it at 75% off so it wasn't too painful to get rid of. The holidays come only once a year and I look at those packages sitting around the tree for a good 3-4weeks. They have to be pretty and invoke happiness or else what is the point?!? Wrapping paper is pretty cheap if you catch it on sale. So now I have pretty packages that perfectly accent my pretty pink tree
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