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Posted: 12/18/2013 10:32:41 AM
I never heard of using food product boxes (cereal) for wrapping a gift in. A box from Macy's or another type of gift box, but not a food item.

GIFT BAGS are great. You can reuse them year after year, the lumpy gifts can be placed in without fuss, a smaller gift can be hidden in a bigger bag and so much easier than wrapping paper, tape...

Anyone use Gift Bags?

Edited to add: The gift bags are re-used by other people. There is one gift bag that has been going between my brother & sister for about 8 years now.

ALSO - wrapping paper is not accepted in our recycle bin. Gift wrap is not recycle-able as it uses dyes that are not able to go thru the process.




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Posted: 12/18/2013 10:34:38 AM
I use them if I absolutely have to, or if I have multiple gifts for a single person and I want to keep them contained. I much prefer wrapping gifts though... ripping paper off a gift is so much more fun than just pulling it out of a bag and being done. I usually wrap the things I put in gift bags too. Old Dutch chip boxes were our personal favourite for wrapping gifts... though it was always disappointing when there were no chips inside!

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Posted: 12/18/2013 10:34:48 AM
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Posted: 12/18/2013 10:34:56 AM
yes, I use those too.


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Posted: 12/18/2013 10:36:49 AM
I use them for adults, but I wrap presents for kids with paper and ribbons. It's more fun to open that way!


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Posted: 12/18/2013 10:47:30 AM
Only for grownups, and even then just for tiny things.

I prefer to wrap with paper. And as I mentioned in the other thread, my ferrets love to pull tissue paper out of bags, so anything in one can't go under the tree.


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Posted: 12/18/2013 11:21:42 AM
I use them for oddly shaped presents or when I have a bunch of smaller items for one person.

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Posted: 12/18/2013 11:24:22 AM
Gift bags I use for gifts at a party like a company Christmas party with a gift exchange. No gift bags under the tree because we have pets who would play in the bags and scatter the tissue and whatnot all over the damn house.

As it is we can't use ribbon because I have a cat with a ribbon fetish who chews and swallows the ribbon then vomits it back up all over the house. So festive!


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Posted: 12/18/2013 11:24:39 AM
I try not to, I just like the look of a wrapped gift better and yes, I am a random box user


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Posted: 12/18/2013 11:28:17 AM
I don't for Christmas because it's mainly kids presents and they like to rip the paper open so I wrap everything. For random baby showers, adult birthdays and such I use gift bags.


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Posted: 12/18/2013 11:29:10 AM
I don't like gift bags. Sure, it's easy to do, but unwrapping items, for me, is part of the fun.

That being said, I am happy to receive gifts. It doesn't *really* matter how they come.

What I really think is thoughtless is when I get a box of unwrapped gifts for my son and husband and told that I have to wrap them (with my own paper, even.) DON'T do that! My husband's family is so guilty of this- for all occasions. Now, I just tape up the Amazon box and pass it along. No paper.

One Christmas, I went to the ILs and told that I had to wrap a roomful of gifts while the rest of family was out on an excursion. (I can't stand to wrap.) It took literally five hours of non-stop wrapping. I did it to keep the peace, but I made it clear that I wouldn't be doing wrapping duties for anyone else in the future.

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Posted: 12/18/2013 11:31:59 AM
We don't put gift bags under the tree. We all prefer wrapped gifts.






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Posted: 12/18/2013 11:33:43 AM
I wrap for the kids if it's something easy. Something that is odd shaped gets a bag for festive box. I love getting those sturdy boxes half-price at CVS after Christmas.

I might be going the gift bag route a bit more this year depending on time. Dollar Tree is a great source for inexpensive nice bags.

My mom is all about gift bags. She bring everything in one bag per person.




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Posted: 12/18/2013 11:34:32 AM
I like to use them for a birthday gift now and again...particularly for classmate parties.

But I dislike using them for my own kids' birthday gifts or any Christmas gifts.


My boxed & wrapped gifts can be stacked a dozen high right up until the last moment, staying safe and relatively out of the way. Then I just decorate them at the last minute. But gift bags can get messed up if you fill them and prep them early and they are stored or even transported, depending on the number and the situation.

And I don't like them to look squashed, so I find it best for me to just avoid them.



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Posted: 12/18/2013 11:42:51 AM
I use gifts bags all the time, but if it's a present for a sneaky kid, I have to wrap!
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Posted: 12/18/2013 11:43:43 AM
We put gifts under the tree as we wrap them. I don't like gift bags at Christmas because I can't stack them on one another under the tree. I like keeping that pile compact and not spread out all over. I use gift bags more for birthdays and showers.

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Posted: 12/18/2013 11:48:00 AM
I use them a lot. But today my 9-year-old told me that bags "don't count" because they "aren't fun."

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Posted: 12/18/2013 11:50:05 AM

GIFT BAGS are great. You can reuse them year after year,


You take it back once the recipient has opened their gift?






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Posted: 12/18/2013 12:53:31 PM
I do and that's pretty much all I use unless the item is too heavy to put in a bag.



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Posted: 12/18/2013 12:54:44 PM
I do sometimes, but I prefer to wrap. It is just so much easier to stack presents under the tree in boxes. Then about a week before Christmas I add the ribbons and bows that way the cat has less time to steal my bows!





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Posted: 12/18/2013 1:00:52 PM
I love to give beautifully-wrapped gifts! For me the presentation of the gift is part of the gift itself, and a gift bag with some tissue does not necessarily equal a beautifully-wrapped gift. Unless it's something really strange-shaped and hard to wrap with paper, I avoid them. Plus I think it's far more fun to tear the paper off a boxed gift! I realize it isn't as environmentally friendly as a reusable gift bag, but at least we recycle the paper.

My MIL, OTOH, loves gift bags. She is always looking for the easiest way to do everything at this point in her life and she has not one creative molecule in her body, so gift bags are the way to go for her. Actually, this year, she just had everything mailed to my house and I *get* to wrap all of the gifts from her. I do love wrapping gifts so I'm okay with that, though!


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Posted: 12/18/2013 1:01:06 PM

GIFT BAGS are great. You can reuse them year after year,

You take it back once the recipient has opened their gift?


I think she means you can reuse the ones you have received, just make sure you change the tag. We pass them back and forth forever in my family.

I like to wrap, and DD and DH are big snoopers, so I try not to use them. But sometimes if you have something oddly shaped or in clam shell packaging, its better than a crazy wrap job that would get torn easily before Christmas. I try to find a box if possible and tend to just use them for last minute gifts since you can't stack them easily under the tree.


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Posted: 12/18/2013 1:03:59 PM

GIFT BAGS are great. You can reuse them year after year,

You take it back once the recipient has opened their gift?


I think she means you can reuse the ones you have received, just make sure you change the tag. We pass them back and forth forever in my family.



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Posted: 12/18/2013 1:06:54 PM
I will reuse gift bags we are given. I think a combination of boxes and gift bags looks nice under a tree.

I usually wrap for Christmas/birthdays, but totally use gift bags for hostess gifts, oddly shaped things, that kind of stuff.


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Posted: 12/18/2013 2:39:54 PM
Yes! I love them. I use them for the neighbor/teacher gifts and extended family. At home, I usually use boxes and wrap, but we fly home for Christmas every year. With gift bags, I'm done wrapping in an hour.


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Posted: 12/18/2013 2:46:48 PM
I use gift bags for things that have weird shapes and I don't already have another box the item can be put in. I don't like to buy boxes.

I also reuse gift bags. Some are from gifts I receive and some are gifts I give. I have some relatives who will wad up the bag and throw them away so I get them before they do that. They will usually combine their gifts into one or two of the larger gift bags and toss the rest.





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Posted: 12/18/2013 3:07:39 PM
Wanted to add that not long ago I was reorganizing my craft/sewing room and decided to sort through my wrapping supplies and toss some stuff that was in bad shape or really dated looking. I still had tons of baby girl gift bags from my baby shower. DD is 13 I tossed most of them out, this was just about 6 months ago, now I have 2 friends that just had girls and 2 or 3 more that are pregnant with girls. Go figure.


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Posted: 12/18/2013 3:54:44 PM

I use gift bags for birthdays and non-family Christmas gifts. For family Christmas gifts, most everything is wrapped.


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Posted: 12/18/2013 4:15:35 PM
I really don't like gift bags. Much prefer to find a box, even if it's a bit bizarre, to wrap a gift. So much more intriguing and fun!


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Posted: 12/18/2013 4:19:36 PM
this year it was either gift bags or I was just going to throw everything in a damn trash bag and slap a bow on it. I HATE wrapping with an ever lovin' passion, and I just can't bring myself to do it this year. dd nixed the trash bag idea, so gift bags it is. PLUS her birthday is the 23rd and dammit, I just don't want to wrap!!

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Posted: 12/18/2013 5:49:22 PM
I prefer boxes but gift bags are great for large items or oddly shaped items. For instance, one of my gifts is a big bath set (lotions, gels, etc in a big basket) - I would need a HUGE box and lots of paper but it works great just to put it in a bag.

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Posted: 12/18/2013 6:53:09 PM
I'v never heard of paper giftwrap not being recycable. Can you buy some without foil or glitter?

Our kids are finally age where they know peaking can spoil the 25th. Gift bags wouldn't fly in past years.

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Posted: 12/18/2013 7:03:30 PM
ALSO - wrapping paper is not accepted in our recycle bin.

Gift wrap is not recycle-able as it uses dyes that are not able to go thru the process.


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Posted: 12/18/2013 7:05:53 PM
The little kitties we adopted last year LOVE playing in paper bags. Gift bags will be out of the question for a few years around here!

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Posted: 12/18/2013 7:16:01 PM
I'm another who will use gift bags for other occasions, but not at Christmas.

For me, wrapped Christmas gifts are part of the decor. We are a family that puts gifts under the tree as they are bought and wrapped.

I love the traditional look of prettily wrapped boxes under the tree.


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Posted: 12/18/2013 7:56:36 PM
Not for Christmas - too easy for my daughter to peek!

Use and reuse them for birthdays and other random gift giving occasions.



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Posted: 12/19/2013 4:09:53 AM
I use them sparingly at Christmas but I do use them, mostly for hard to wrap presents and one or two for dd as she likes some of the designs.

However for every other occasion I use them almost exclusively.

I do not like to wrap. And I will admit when dd was younger, if people wanted their gift to be covered in any sort of way at Christmas, they got a gift bag. I only wrapped dd's presents. I was this close to losing my mind trying to work and take care of dd. Gift bags saved my sanity (or tried, there were still many tears of frustration on my part) at Christmas time.


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Posted: 12/19/2013 6:24:12 AM
My very environmentally conscious daughter really wanted us to move away from wrapping paper this year so I used some fabric I had on hand and sewed up some gift bags that we could reuse year after year. Other than that and some used (paper) gift bags that I had on hand and will reuse, everything under our tree will be wrapped in newspaper. Took me a little while to get used to that idea but even Grandma was converted to the idea! We have a kitten so nothing can go under the tree until late on Christmas eve but I think it'll be a very new look on Christmas morning with the gifts under the tree!!

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Posted: 12/19/2013 7:04:54 AM

One Christmas, I went to the ILs and told that I had to wrap a roomful of gifts while the rest of family was out on an excursion. (I can't stand to wrap.) It took literally five hours of non-stop wrapping. I did it to keep the peace, but I made it clear that I wouldn't be doing wrapping duties for anyone else in the future.


Wow! 'Merry Christmas ' my husband (as was) would have told them to do it themselves!

I wrap everything as I go along. I have a lovely set of decorative reusable gift boxes I bought off QVC years ago that go under my tree as soon as the tree is up. All the presents that are 'recognisable ' or which are from Father Christmas are hidden inside those until Christmas Eve. They take up no space as they all nest inside one another to store,and then inside the largest which is about 3 ft square. One of the best things I ever bought!

I only use gift bags to keep several wrapped presents together for one person. I have used random boxes for wrapping odd shaped presents,but I do actually like the challenge of wrapping something odd-shaped! These days, I do so much online shopping I always have loads of brown boxes and pouches though.


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