Saturday, July 5, 2008
One of my quirks.
I have great respect for gift bags. I think they are easy and quite beautiful. I however simply cannot make myself use them. How many times have you opened a gift from a gift bag and awkwardly wondered if there might be something else hidden in the tissue paper. If you check and there is nothing, you look greedy, like the original gift was inadequate, but if you don't check then the gift giver has to tell you to keep looking. I also have zero storage to keep them in, and to be honest, I often don't want to spend the extra $3 - $5 to buy one, much less the inevitable $50 I will spend just by walking into Target. So, I wrap all gifts I give the old school way. Sometimes I have fun paper, but mostly I use brown packaging paper with beautiful ribbon. Add a gorgeous tag, like the ones at Lemon Tree, One Ripe Peach, Little Bit Funky, or Jane Says, and your simply wrapped gift will be a present in itself. I buy my ribbon online in 100yd. spools and I always have black, chocolate, red, pink and aqua on hand to cover all gift giving situations. You won't be able to buy ribbon at the store after you see the prices here or here. Get your scissors and tape out and wrap something the old school way.