Do you wrap the stocking presents??

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Fresh01 Fri 16-Nov-12 13:39:41

DH and I were discussing this. His family didn't wrap, mine did..........so far we have wrapped for the kids stocking gifts but do you?

Smartiescoffer Fri 16-Nov-12 13:41:52

I will wrap most things. some things like lego minifigures and moshi monster tattoes I will not wrap.

some of them. i dont wrap tiny or awkwardly shaped ones.

MrsHoarder Fri 16-Nov-12 13:44:35

Everything except the chocolate coins and satsuma is wrapped.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

My family didn't, husbands family do. Last year was the first Christmas I wrapped stocking gifts for the children (have no idea why I did as extra time, cost and effort is really beyond me) but the kids loved it. I probably will wrap them again this year as a result.

Stocking gifts are always my favourites and because I can't think of anything exciting that my husband wants from me I am doing him a stocking this year and I am really gutted I won't get one (he is a great husband but really struggles with present ideas).

Yes, mostly. I usually buy a giant chocolate coin which stays unwrapped so it doesn't get broken during unwrapping, other than that all wrapped up (buys us a bit longer in bed in the morning).

Lunaticfringe, wish my husband wrapped something. Last years presents were given to me in a carrier bag. I wrap everything, including the ones for his family (his family always get our gifts from amazon and have them sent to us without wrapping so wrap those ones too). I am so done with wrapping by Christmas!

theri Fri 16-Nov-12 13:49:21

i wrap everything except the fruit, whilst losing the scissors and sellotape in between every present. Takes ages but loads of fun

gemdrop84 Fri 16-Nov-12 13:49:34

yep, I've wrapped everything in the stocking except a pencil, fluffy pen, choc coins and satsuma which will be poking out the top. Gives us a bit more time in bed and dd absolutely loved it last yr.

Fuchzia Fri 16-Nov-12 13:50:52

I usually scrunch tissue paper round them and secure with a bit of tape. Saves time!

akaemmafrost Fri 16-Nov-12 13:51:22

Tissue paper here too.

flamingtoaster Fri 16-Nov-12 13:54:02

I wrap everything that goes in the stockings. I use already used paper from the previous year's tree presents so I don't feel guilty about using it.

AudrinaAdare Fri 16-Nov-12 13:56:44

Yes apart from the coin and satsuma and coal with traditional red and ribbons. They take longer to unwrap that way = more sleep.

I've also downloaded and printed out these traditional carols in sheet music form for DD's presents as she has a lot of vouchers and they look really nice. Just looking for some little jingle bells like these to thread through red twine.

I think I am compensating for when I had a full-time job and the DC were lucky if I had time to shop for presents at all blush

Primrose123 Fri 16-Nov-12 14:10:05

I started wrapping the stocking presents a few years ago, because I realised that children love opening them. It's not just the present for them, it's the excitement of opening them and wondering what's inside! I use separate paper, and it takes a while, but it's worth it!

Snog Fri 16-Nov-12 14:11:18

Hell No
Life's too short

MaryPoppinsBag Fri 16-Nov-12 14:13:41

Some are wrapped, some not.

I definitely remove all packaging though - eg toy cars/ trains.

Cakecrumbsinmybra Fri 16-Nov-12 14:15:13

Yes, definitely wrap apart from chocolate coins and satsumas! More fun and takes longer for the kids to open.

Dottyspot Fri 16-Nov-12 14:15:50

I do-I think half the fun is in the unwrapping! And it gives us more time in bed!

MrsCantSayAnything Fri 16-Nov-12 14:16:02

Some but I do things like leave a candy cane sticking out the top as well as a small teddy or something.

RightUpMyRue Fri 16-Nov-12 14:23:28

I don't, my mum never did either.

I did one year but some of the stuff is very small so not only was it very fiddly to wrap but ended up more tape than paper so to recycle it meant having to remove all the tape and that's a major faff but then if you don't you get didn't-recycle-earth-killer guilt and who want's that on Christmas morning?

Generally we don't wrap stuff in the kids' stockings. We hang stockings on the mantelpiece and by the time we get to them the kids are getting a bit bored of the unwrapping. I will wrap the odd 'special' small present (e.g. something small but expensive or something delicate that I put in the stokcing so I know it won't get knocked over/trampled) if we get anything like that but I don't think we have this year.

I wrap dh's stocking stuff because otherwise he'd see it all when I fill his stocking on Christmas eve. It's part of the fun, him wondering what the little odd shaped presents are as I put them in his stocking.

Ragwort Fri 16-Nov-12 14:42:37

Yes, I always do (probably because my mum did grin). and I enjoy wrapping gifts.

DS has his stocking in bed first thing in the morning (used to bring it in to us but now too old !).

crafty - do your children have their stocking gifts after their 'main' presents then?

MrsBungleBear Fri 16-Nov-12 14:48:14

No I dont wrap the presents in the stockings. I've got enough to wrap with the presents from us and from Santa.

My mum never wrapped our stocking presents either. I still found it very exciting to delve into the stocking and see what I brought out!

steppemum Netherlands Fri 16-Nov-12 14:57:04

I wrap most things, not the chocolate father christmas that sticks out of the top.

I wrap because it is more exciting, you can't see what you've got all at once, and it takes ages to open them all, thereby spinning out the thrill

stockings on the end of their beds, opened when they wake up. In theory when they like in practice they have made it a rule that not before 7am (that is our usual not-allowed-to-disturb-the-house-before rule) and they have decided they can only be unwrapped on our bed
so the whole point of a stocking to keep them quiet is lost

schilke Bosnia-Herzegovina Fri 16-Nov-12 14:58:58

I had always assumed everybody wrapped stocking presents. Most of the fun is guessing what it is isn't it?

Loulousmummy Fri 16-Nov-12 14:59:44

Very roughly. Don't usually use tape, just twist the paper a bit at the end.

FawkesoidOrganisoid Fri 16-Nov-12 15:00:54

Usually wrap one or two bits, the actual present bits. The bubble bath etc remains unwrapped

thegreylady Fri 16-Nov-12 15:35:10

Never wrap stocking fillers-too much mess and too fiddly for little fingers.

megandraper Fri 16-Nov-12 15:38:11

for those that say more time in bed/asleep for you - do you not get up to see your DC unwrap their presents? Or do they bring them into your room and you doze off while they do? Ours have to come downstairs to get their stockings (they're hung on the stairs) - if they were in their rooms, they'd open them in the middle of the night!

Ragwort Fri 16-Nov-12 15:50:25

Our DS used to come in and open his stocking with us but now he is 11 it is probably not 'cool' to be seen to enjoy it grin. He's never woken up in the middle of the night to open it, probably helps that he's an only child and not too much excitement about it !

Elainey1609 Fri 16-Nov-12 16:05:45

Yes we do
Except chocolate coin and santa claus satuma and candy cane

BiddyPop Fri 16-Nov-12 16:31:06

No never - and neither of our parents did either

Yes, FC wraps stocking contents, very roughly, completely unlike my anal style of wrapping, and in his own cheap paper. The DC bring their stockings into our bed to open, but everything being wrapped prolongs the element of surprise.

pussycatsruleok Fri 16-Nov-12 18:25:36

stopped wrapping them couple of years ago and DD complained, said she would like them wrapped please.so back to the wrapping but in bits of coloured tissue collected over the year. i have six DCs so lots of wrapping.

RedGreenRouge Fri 16-Nov-12 18:29:11

I wrap everything except the chocolate coins, the pound coin and the orange.

rhondajean Brazil Fri 16-Nov-12 21:11:20

It never occurred to me to wrap but stocking presents here are things like pencils, mini notebooks, cheap bracelets - I didn't know until I read on here that people wrap them.

fuzzpig Fri 16-Nov-12 21:26:20

Yep. Prolongs the excitement which means we get longer in bed! The DCs do get on our bed to open their stockings (and this year we are doing each other one too!) but it means we don't have to get up for ages.

I did random paper last year but sticking to tissue paper sounds good, or I may try and get some 'from Santa' type paper specifically for stockings.

EcoLady Fri 16-Nov-12 21:36:42

If it doesn't move it gets wrapped! Separate stash of paper of course ;-)

rhondajean Brazil Fri 16-Nov-12 21:41:12

I'm worried now I've missed out a vital part of my kids Christmas and at 8 and 13 it too late to start.

We didn't do Christmas at all when I was a child.

Each of my DCs has separate wrapping paper. I wrap everything except the satsuma and chocolate coins. Then when we go down to open the other presents, their 'Santa' pile has the same paper on.

Tricked DSS before by double wrapping someone else's paper over the top of the box containing his PS3 <wicked stepmother emoticon>

steppemum Netherlands Fri 16-Nov-12 22:00:21

bedhopper - we do see our dcs unwrap their stockings as they insist on unwrapping them on my bed. But stockings are only bits and bobs. Real presents are under the tree, not opened until everyone is up dressed, has their coffee mug in hand, got a pair of scissors, potatoes are in the oven etc etc - the suspense is half the fun.

I am really surprised at the non wrappers, just because you tip the stocking out and that is it, you can see everything and the whole stocking which has taken hours of buying and putting together is over in 10 seconds.

dh and I do one for each other too cos I am big kid, and told him that was normal in UK and he is dutch

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Fresh01 Fri 16-Nov-12 22:24:52

Thanks for the replies. Going by the majority I need to keep wrapping : ) I had been thinking that if I didn't wrap this year DD1, who is nearly 7, would probably question why Santa didn't!

Stockings don't buy us more time in bed as the 4 kids are all under 7! DD1 insists that all presents need to be left downstairs as she doesn't want a strange man in her bedroom when she is asleep even if it is Santa bringing presents!!!

rhondajean Brazil Fri 16-Nov-12 22:28:13

It's not really over quickly steepen, they spend ages picking through and showing each other things and comparing and eating the chocolate

I do the different paper for each child - much easier than gift tags grin

Our stocking presents are only notebooks and pens etc too, but all presents get wrapped. I don't think not wrapping them is going to be in any way detrimental to the Christmas experience though, just never occurred to me not to.

rhondajean Brazil Fri 16-Nov-12 22:46:42

No one ever said to me it was the done thing. I try so hard! Having said that, I was out with my Danish (grew up in uk) friend and they do things totally differently again, celebrate on 24 th, rice pudding not Xmas pudding, almond in it not coin and whoever gets the almond gets an almond gift (love it)

Well the different paper for each child is a new one for me, and a very good idea. Where would we be without MN?

rhondajean Brazil Fri 16-Nov-12 22:51:39

I thought of it all by myself <proud>

I wrap early and put inthe loft, and tags fall off dammit!

fluffypillow Fri 16-Nov-12 22:56:12

I wrap everything, except satsuma and choc coins (which I put in loose at the bottom).

I also use those packs of different patterned sheets you can get, so they are not all wrapped in the same paper. It's pretty that way smile

Lisatheonewhoeatsdrytoast Fri 16-Nov-12 23:02:34

My stocking bits weren't wrapped as a child, just the pressies in the sack. :D However Dh's pressies were, so I now wrap DS's stocking bits, except choc santa and the orange etc :D

simonedeboudoir Fri 16-Nov-12 23:05:27

Wrap everything except the satsuma. And use separate 'from father christmas' wrapping paper hidden in loft 364 days a year and used for stockings only..

I've never used separate paper for Santa <lazy> and the DCs have never called me on it. They have never noticed that his handwriting on the gift tags is very similar to mine either.

simonedeboudoir Fri 16-Nov-12 23:17:05

smile whoknows I don't know why i do it tbh. Esp since you can never cover all bases. Last year DD1 said 'look father christmas goes to sainsurys'.

Of course.
Mainly to give DH and I the extra lie-in time.
And because I love to hear them whispering and trying to unwrap quietly as they chat about what they got grin

zipzap Fri 16-Nov-12 23:28:42

Yes - in special santa paper that has to be kept carefully hidden so ds1 (7) doesn't click about santa... it also gets used for the dc's presents from santa - different one for each boy. Makes life much easier when wrapping and not needing to label!

Wrapping the presents doesn't take too long - they don't get lovingly done, rough and ready with extra lashings of sellotape [wicked mummy smiley] so they take longer to undo (and thus longer until they need to come and wake us up!),

Only things that don't get wrapped are the chocolate coins and satsuma, and the cute cuddly poking their head out of the top of the stocking.

Last year DS decided to hang his stocking on the door handle instead of leaving it on his bed which he had always done in the past. Santa (who may have had a couple of glasses of wine) took it through to my room to fill it up then forgot to put it back on the door handle and put it on the bed. We were greeted on Christmas morning by the heartbreaking sound of DD (they share a room) squealing over her stocking and DS standing by the door stifling sobs because he thought he had not got anything.

Himalaya Fri 16-Nov-12 23:44:58

Yes, I wrap everything in plain shiny metallic paper or tissue - it has to look a bit otherworldly, like it comes from the elves workshop, not Wilkos... grin

soontobeburns Sat 17-Nov-12 00:48:18

I have never had a stocking, in fact most of the people I know haven't :-/ feel like I have missed out.

Maybe it's just a Ni thing that stockings aren't really done here?!

LemonMousse Sat 17-Nov-12 07:56:34

I wrap nearly everything. Last year I didn't wrap DS's stocking fillers (he's 20!) but he said it 'wasn't the same' so can I please wrap them this year? grin

Definitely recommend a different paper for each DC (I have 3) it makes life so much easier when sorting out whose is which on Christmas Eve and saves faffing about with labels.

iloveholidays Sat 17-Nov-12 08:20:07

Thanks for the tip re different wrapping paper, definitely going to do that this year as DD2 has now got a larger quantity than in the past.

Have never wrapped so can't start now or my already suspicious 6yr old would have even more cause...

VoldemortsNipple Sat 17-Nov-12 10:12:15

I wrap stocking presents but not with much care. Also as the dcs are getting older, they get less tat presents so it makes present opening time a bit more exciting.

Last year I left the dcs in charge of sorting mine and DHs stocking. DD wraped everything up. We had loads of fun opening them. Even scrooge dh loved it.

We even wrap the dogs stocking presents. Last year he came downstairs and could smell his stocking. He was yapping and wagging his tail. Every time he went a bit closer he knocked a squeeky toy and got even more excited. Each time we gave him a present, he would love ripping the paper off to find what was inside grin

Yes, it's more fun!

I wrap stocking presents such as books, socks, bubble bath etc in the same paper that the main Father Christmas present comes in, but smaller things like mini figures, key rings etc in tissue paper - usually from Paperchase as they do some good printed kids tissue paper. Only the satsuma, chocolate coins and candy cane are unwrapped.

I never wrap stocking presents. Neither my parents or DH parents did either smile

Ileithyia Sat 17-Nov-12 10:45:13

Nope. The presents under the tree are wrapped, stockings aren't.

rubyrubyruby Sat 17-Nov-12 10:46:48

Yes - just asked my DCs and they all chanted 'YES'

Bluestocking Sat 17-Nov-12 10:54:23

Everything must be wrapped except the chocolate coins and the satsuma/tangerine. Father Christmas uses the cheapest wrapping paper, quite different from the naice paper that Mummy and Daddy wrap presents in. HTH.

Faxthatpam Sat 17-Nov-12 11:04:22

I wrap stocking pressies in tissue, different colours for each DC, not using sellotape except for large awkward ones, which is really quick. My mum did this for me and it was my favourite bit of Christmas - waking up to the rustling of tissue paper at the end of the bed.

Clothilde Sat 17-Nov-12 12:39:14

Have never wrapped, and my stocking presents were never wrapped when I was little. We use actual hiking socks for stockings, and it's hard enough to squeeze a chocolate orange in there without worrying about ripping the paper. Stocking fillers are things to play with/ eat on Christmas morning.

Bluestocking Sat 17-Nov-12 21:12:59

<feeling rather sad for Clothilde>
We use actual shooting socks, and find that being woken by the sound of a 100% wool sock stuffed full lots of little rustling wrapped parcels is the best possible way to start Christmas Day!

yousankmybattleship Sat 17-Nov-12 21:15:15

Of course! It makes it so much more exciting and mysterious!

Yes in a very scruffy way with red tissue paper (Santa's fingers aren't as nimble as they used to be) smile

Badvocsanta Sat 17-Nov-12 21:41:12

Fuck, no

BornToFolk Sat 17-Nov-12 21:52:00

Yeah, otherwise it would be over in 10 secs! Unwrapping it most of the fun. DS has a stocking and also a little felt bag that gets filled with sweets, those aren't wrapped. And usually a teddy and candy cane to poke over the top of the stocking for added cuteness!

Does anyone else have a DC that doesn't want Father Christmas to come into their room? Since DS has really understood the whole Father Christmas thing, he has insisted that he doesn't want him to leave the stocking in his room. I go along with it, of course and write a note for FC asking that he leaves the stocking downstairs but I'm a little bit sad that I don't get the chance to do the whole creeping into DS's room while he's asleep thing. I just stick the presents in the stocking before I go to bed. I think he's missing out, I used to love that feeling of a full stocking on the end of the bed.

Tazmosis Sat 17-Nov-12 21:52:09

No! I'd never get to bed on Christmas Eve!

sparkle12mar08 Sat 17-Nov-12 22:31:51

Haven't read the entirety, but yes we do - why on earth wouldn't we?!

rubyrubyruby Sat 17-Nov-12 22:36:33

Unwrapping is half the fun

I never had a stocking as a child and we have done them a couple of times for the dd's but not every year. This year we've decided to do them as we've bought lots of little gifts like skipping ropes, French knitting dollies etc. I suppose I'll end up being the one to wrap them all. I've already wrapped their tree presents that we've bought so far.

dementedma Sat 17-Nov-12 22:41:14

Nope. Never wrap stocking gifts, too small and fiddly.

VerySmallSqueak Sat 17-Nov-12 22:44:20

Mine were all wrapped as a child, and I wrap my childrens.
All except the chocolate coins.

It gives you the chance to put things in boxes/bubble wrap too,to bulk it out more wink

gemz86 Sun 18-Nov-12 10:10:09

Mine were always wrapped bar the yearly teddy bear that sat on the top. Saying that my stocking was almost 5ft as my nan had someone make them for me and my cousin so a lot of my stocking fillers were probably main presents.
Ds will be 27 months at Christmas and this will be his first proper stocking (left on his bed and opened in ours). I was torn over whether to wrap or not as I know how long he'll take to open everything and we will be leaving the house at 11.30 to go to my mums. I was going to leave them unwrapped but it didn't seem right. After reading a few posts I may go for tissue paper. Or maybe a cheap wrapping paper that tears easily.

ajandjjmum Sun 18-Nov-12 10:23:51

We've always wrapped in a different paper, and got a friend to write labels from Santa. 'Well done on getting ?% in that Maths test', 'Thank you for letting your sister have the last malteser' type of thing. Really was worth the effort to see their faces.
The joke is they're now 19/20 and we still do it!
They also got potatoes grin

LadyLetch Sun 18-Nov-12 11:07:40

Yes, of course! It's most of the fun..

In our house we do the presents in sacks at the end of their beds, which the DDs bring through to open on our bed (in their own Santa paper). They take turns opening their presents (to delay the process and so we see their reactions at their gifts). The girls love nothing more than when one child is opening their present, the other is lining up their next present, having a feel, wondering what it is etc. We do the same at my parents' house, and the only time we don't is when my Grandparents come over and that's a free for all... Last year, DD really didn't like that at all! I just think it prolongs the opening process and helps to make the day more magical.

My DH is another convert to the cause. In his family, they used to have a free for all and so all the presents were opened in a 10 minute frenzy, and then DH says that the day was a bit crap after that... He is a total convert to our way of doing things, and is much more insistent that everything is wrapped, and everyone takes turns in unwrapping - it's quite funny really, because its not his tradition and yet he's really insistent the children follow it! I'm not that fussed with way except I appreciate the extra time in bed. grin

ajandjjmum Sun 18-Nov-12 11:37:19

We're fans of taking it in turns - could be a little trying when the DC were younger though. Gave me chance to write down who each gift was from too!

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