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Posted: 12/16/2013 8:58:08 PM
My niece's school concert was tonight and my step-dad grinned as he told me he had been wrapping over the weekend. He gets so excited to wrap things in a way that you need a sledgehammer to get into it.

Foiled paper, with all the ends taped up, wired ribbon, and now he's added the deco washi style tape by scotch, and the mini duct tape.

He is an evil wrapper. Anyone else have an evil wrapper in the family?


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Posted: 12/16/2013 9:14:13 PM
I am not an evil wrapper but growing up.....we always had to open presents very, very carefully as my grandmother saved all of the paper, bows and boxes and reused them each year.




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Posted: 12/16/2013 9:17:51 PM
That's my hubby! He likes to do that or will put something small in a big box and throw other things in the box to confuse me.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 9:24:50 PM
Nope. And everyone in the family bitches if you even tape the box shut.

I can hardly wrap presentable gifts the normal way, there's no way I'm going to make it harder for myself.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 9:28:50 PM
My ex and his family claimed to be evil wrappers but I never fell victim to it. I think they were full of it.

The only evil I do is put gifts inside larger boxes due to multiples, strange shapes, or clothes. It's easier to wrap one normal box than a bunch of packages of kids' toys.



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Posted: 12/16/2013 10:07:57 PM
I must confess.....I am an evil wrapper. I have taught my family well.



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Posted: 12/16/2013 10:29:34 PM
I'm not an evil wrapper, and I'm a person with very little patience so that's a cruel joke to play on me.

I absolutely despise gift wrapping. When my daughter still lived at home, I used to pay her to wrap my gifts. I would rather dig ditches and toothbrush tiles than wrap gifts.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 10:33:04 PM
My in-laws use packing tape, like the kind with a giant dispenser. You pretty much need a huge knife to open their Xmas presents.

My husband and his friend try to outdo each other every year with gift wrapping. One year my husband bought him a DVD and wrapped it in a popcorn tin filled with concrete. Another year barbed wire was used as ribbon. Those guys are crazy!




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Posted: 12/16/2013 11:41:52 PM
No I'm not and I've never understood the fun of doing that.

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Posted: 12/17/2013 1:48:48 AM
I'm not. I put obvious items (dvds, books, gift cards) into a different size box to disguise it, but that's all.



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Posted: 12/17/2013 6:24:46 AM
No evil wrappers, but some occasional tricksters who go to all lengths to disguise the gift.

Someone received ski gloves in a long, narrow box that was super heavy on one end. There were weights in there!

And one received a board game with a bunch of smaller boxes stuck to it with masking tape to alter the shape of the gift.

This year I made a box out of extra pieces of cardboard to try to disguise a hula hoop.



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Posted: 12/17/2013 6:28:00 AM
Oh, and for years we were the open the gifts slowly to save all the paper crowd. But when my siblings and I moved out and were no longer helping to use up the paper, mom realized that she was quickly accumulating way too much (Because every year she still wanted to buy a few new rolls.), so she started letting everyone go nuts with the paper.


Funny thing is that my great aunts, who saved paper for many years, just gave me a few grocery bags of old paper scraps (They knew I wrap stocking stuffers with my own scraps each year.) and I've been having so much fun reliving Christmases past with all of these old wrapping paper bits. I remember many of them and some are just such vintage-y fun.



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Posted: 12/17/2013 6:56:46 AM
My mom used to put our favorite candy bars in the box with our gifts so that it would rattle when we shook it.


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Posted: 12/17/2013 8:18:26 AM
No, I'm a big fan of gift bags. This year, though, we have an evil dog who will tear up any presents we leave under the tree, so we're going to pretend that Santa dispatched the Easter Bunny to deliver our presents and he hid them as he does with eggs. My kids are 10 and 12, though, so I'm going to hide them really well. None of that, "oh, go look behind the couch" stuff. They're going to have to work hard for those presents.

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Posted: 12/17/2013 8:21:55 AM
Yeah, we can't do gift bags at the house, as the ferrets will pull out the tissue and strew it about the living room.


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Posted: 12/17/2013 8:27:20 AM

Yeah, we can't do gift bags at the house, as the ferrets will pull out the tissue and strew it about the living room.


LOL. I love the mental image of ferrets happily strewing tissue all over the place.

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Posted: 12/17/2013 8:36:43 AM
My theory has long been that if a little bit of tape is good, then a whole lot is even better! I also use real ribbons (have an enormous stash) and am a master of tying tightly and double knots. Drives the family nuts. I feel like it prolongs the season of wonder just a bit longer!


This year, though, we have an evil dog who will tear up any presents we leave under the tree, so we're going to pretend that Santa dispatched the Easter Bunny to deliver our presents and he hid them as he does with eggs. My kids are 10 and 12, though, so I'm going to hide them really well. None of that, "oh, go look behind the couch" stuff. They're going to have to work hard for those presents.


Brilliant! I have done scavenger hunts for odd shaped & large items before. Sent mom all over the house and back and then to the garage for her new office chair one year. She really enjoyed that.



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Posted: 12/17/2013 8:59:27 AM

Nope. And everyone in the family bitches if you even tape the box shut.

I can hardly wrap presentable gifts the normal way, there's no way I'm going to make it harder for myself.


This. Exactly.

My dh does most of our wrapping because he is good at it, unlike me. I'm personally a big fan of gift bags.


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Posted: 12/17/2013 9:05:52 AM
My brother will sometimes take the wrapping to the "next" level. So when we have a chance we will repay him. Like this year I got him 2 tshirts and so I wrapped the shirts put them in a box and used mailing tape all around the box and then wrapped the box.

Sometimes more boxes are used. We don;t do this all of the time just once in awhile. And I tend to be tape heavy when I wrap presents.


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Posted: 12/17/2013 9:06:23 AM
I hate wrapping SO MUCH! and I have dd's birthday on the 23rd as well. this year I'm baggin' it, I just can't bring myself to wrap.

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Posted: 12/17/2013 9:06:52 AM
I've never even heard of that custom before.

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Posted: 12/17/2013 9:15:36 AM
My great aunt wasn't an evil wrapper, she just used a lot of tape. So whenever we have a package with a lot of tape, we just say Aunt Ruth must have wrapped it.


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Posted: 12/17/2013 11:09:00 AM
My husband and his sister used to have competitions to see who could make the hardest package to get into. It was hilarious.

My sister bought my dad tickets to a concert once and used wrapped nesting boxes. He was so irritated (not mad, it was a funny irritated) he almost didn't open the last box.

I personally hate gift bags. My mom used to use them all the time. There is nothing better than ripping the paper off the present on Christmas morning. Opening a bag just isn't the same.


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Posted: 12/17/2013 11:17:57 AM
I'm not. My youngest brother is. Don't like your box taped shut? OK, he'll comply. He'll Gorilla Glue it. If he senses your annoyance with something, he'll up it to the next level.

He's getting married next fall. Everyone who has received a gift from him in recent years has joined a plot via an private Facebook group. His fiancee has been warned to be in charge of opening the cards while he works on the packages that come from his side of the aisle. Sunday's brunch/gift opening is likely to take a while

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Posted: 12/17/2013 12:47:39 PM
I'm so glad some of you people are not my family. LOL. I'd come to the gift unwrapping with box cutters and scissors


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Posted: 12/17/2013 12:53:30 PM
Yes!! ME!!!

I really really hate it when my BFF picks apart the paper at the seams instead of RIPPING IT OFF. So I make it impossible.

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Posted: 12/17/2013 12:55:10 PM

I absolutely despise gift wrapping. When my daughter still lived at home, I used to pay her to wrap my gifts. I would rather dig ditches and toothbrush tiles than wrap gifts.


My mom too. She didn't pay me, but I would wrap her gifts for her out of pity.

Every year everyone got a pile of beautifully wrapped gifts and I got a few misshapen crumpled lumps with random tape stuck on them. Mine were the only ones she wrapped and I really appreciated the effort.

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Posted: 12/17/2013 1:07:46 PM
I've been accused of this, but I would strongly disagree.


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Posted: 12/17/2013 6:45:16 PM
When I was a kid there was this place in the mall that would put your gifts in a can and seal it shut. It took a can opener to open it. My Aunt had my gift wrapped in one and then hid all the can openers.

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Posted: 12/17/2013 7:00:23 PM
Kind of…

Every few years I "box" somebody. What that entails is taking a fairly small gift (can't be a GC though) and put it in gradually graduating size boxes, wrapping them and nesting them. You can't do it every year though or people spend time trying to figure out which box it is.

This year there are three big boxes under the tree…a crock pot for my DS, a pair of Uggs for my DD and a new 'temporary' wedding ring for my DH. You got it, he's been boxed!

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Posted: 12/18/2013 7:17:16 AM

rives the family nuts. I feel like it prolongs the season of wonder just a bit longer!


Sounds like my mom. She wasn't an evil wrapper, but she had ways of prolonging the gift experience.


(My dad always had his pocketknife ready on Christmas morning, though. Between any tape heavy gifts and the obnoxious toy packaging. )


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