To be tired of being expected to wrap everyone else's Christmas presents?

(57 Posts)
Libra Tue 10-Dec-13 12:15:56

I probably am. Am prepared for a flaming. It is of course lovely that our relations want to send presents for DS1 and DS2, plus of course DS2's birthday a few days before Christmas. And we are very grateful for this.

The problem is that I am just exhausted by the thought of all the wrapping because all of them are just getting parcels delivered to our house 'and then can you just wrap it up for him please'? To say nothing of the fact that they all seem to have chosen Amazon and so all the boxes look exactly the same. Plus the fact that the presents for me and DH are also being sent this way but 'don't open those whatever you do!' Well how can I avoid doing that when I am surrounded by Amazon boxes of the same shape and size? How do I magically know which one I should open and wrap for the children and which one is for me and so should be left alone?

Oh, and it would be lovely if I could have a nicely wrapped present to open myself rather than just a small pile of Amazon boxes.

I did my present shopping earlier, thought about the fact that it would all need to be posted or carried on an airline, wrapped it all nicely and sent it like that. But it seems that no one is going to do that for me!

Yes, I am BU because it is nice that people are sending presents, but I really would like someone at least to do more than click on a link and put in my address and then expect me to do all the wrapping and writing of an address label and working out whose present is whose (there is some vagueness already about which book has been bought for which son...)

Mim78 Tue 10-Dec-13 22:47:09

Why not use Amazon gift wrap option as everyone has suggested? They can't possibly be that tight!

I have sent a few presents directly to people this year (or to other rellies that live nearby) but ONLY IF GIFTWRAPPED FIRST.

whereisshe Tue 10-Dec-13 22:57:46

YANBU, I miss getting properly wrapped presents. At least half the presents I get these days don't even have some kind of gift message in the parcel so I have to guess who it's from!

I always get everything sent to me, wrap it, then post it on. So much more fun and also more personal I think. And I feel I'm doing my bit to keep Royal Mail solvent wink...

TheDoctrineOfSanta Tue 10-Dec-13 22:57:47

Because it's £3.50 or something! Depends what you spend but if it's £10 or less, that's a fair chunk.

OP, I'd just amazon them back!

Jinsei Wed 11-Dec-13 00:12:11

suttonmum, I have one of those too. It definitely makes wrapping easier!

Lutrine Wed 11-Dec-13 00:48:44

Yanbu, its really annoying! My MIL did this with DHs birthday presents this year when I had a 3 week old DD to contend with as well as the extra wrapping. I did it as soon as they arrived in an attempt to be organised, then 2 days later she sent me some wrapping paper she'd like me to use on them, bloody cheek!

Lutrine Wed 11-Dec-13 00:48:48

Yanbu, its really annoying! My MIL did this with DHs birthday presents this year when I had a 3 week old DD to contend with as well as the extra wrapping. I did it as soon as they arrived in an attempt to be organised, then 2 days later she sent me some wrapping paper she'd like me to use on them, bloody cheek!

I am in exactly the same situation op and it drives me nuts. fangry

As some previous posters have suggested I went out and bought some of those huge and very cheap gift sack things and everything unwrapped from relatives is getting shoved in there.

I think that if someone gave you a present for your DCs in RL and they just handed it over unwrapped expecting you to buy tags and paper and to wrap it all up that it would be rude and unreasonable.

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