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Do you wrap your presents as you buy them?

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PinkPepper Mon 26-Aug-13 19:41:20

Just that really. I'd love to spend time wrapping them from now so it's all done. But my dm drilled it in me not to wrap anything till right before - I think she found some wrapped presents when my nan passed and felt odd opening them.

What does everyone else do? Is it 'unlucky' to have a cupboard of all wrapped stuff for a few months. I want to enjoy Christmas Eve not spend it tied up with tape

craftynclothy Mon 26-Aug-13 19:49:49

I wrap it as I buy it (or at least in batches pretty soon after buying). For one thing it makes it less likely the kids will see what they're getting. Also most stuff has to be given to family a fair bit before Xmas anyway (usually end of Nov/early Dec - whenever they visit)

DontmindifIdo Mon 26-Aug-13 19:51:51

No, I like Christmas wrapping so I'll save it all for an evening mid December, bottle glass of red and Christmas tunes on and just do it all.

Shlurpbop Mon 26-Aug-13 19:58:18

I do mine all in one evening in December with a glass of red wine, watching my dvd of the vicar of dibley.
Makes me feel warm and fuzzy and marks the start of Christmas for me smile

TheOnlyPink Mon 26-Aug-13 19:58:59

I'm the same as Dontmind, I like to make a night of it; mulled wine, christmas music, mince pies and the christmas tree has to be up!

TravelinColour Mon 26-Aug-13 19:59:37

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CaptainJamesTKirk Mon 26-Aug-13 20:02:02

Nope I save all mine for a few days before Christmas when I'm feeling festive and starting to get excited.

picnicbasketcase Mon 26-Aug-13 20:07:39

Somewhere between the two. When i have about five/six items, I wrap all of them, then let it build up a bit again and wrap that, etc. I really don't like wrapping and the idea of having to do all of it in one go would do my head right in.

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Mon 26-Aug-13 20:14:27

No, it all goes in carrier bags in the loft until the last week of term and I get it down and spend an afternoon or two doing it with a Christmas film on TV while the DCs are at school. If I did it as I went I wouldn't remember what was what. I am also someone who juggles and swaps things around as I go, or puts thing aside for birthdays if I've got more for one DC than the other or similar. It never even occurred to me that people might do that until a similar thread last year TBH.

MollyBerry Mon 26-Aug-13 20:32:35

No, mainly because as WhoKnows says I'd forget what it was.

Having said that I do hate wrapping so doing as I get it would make it less of a tedious chore and I could just label them up...

PrincessWellington Mon 26-Aug-13 21:25:06

I tried this one year and it all got squashed and ripped so I don't wrap until near the day

PinkPepper Mon 26-Aug-13 22:03:09

Ooh I do love a wrapping night. But with a one year old and a night working dp I just don't see it happening this year! I think I'm going to do bits but not all of it (won't buy half of it till too late I bet)

jamtoast12 Tue 27-Aug-13 08:37:46

I tend to wrap everyone's except my 2dds as I put all theirs in a pile and then decide who gets what! (They're 8&6 and like the same things so I divide to make sure hey look equal!)

shoppingbagsundereyes Tue 27-Aug-13 10:44:17

Never. Is much harder to store them once they are wrapped and I fear the paper would get crinkled. I like to wrap a few a night in the last week. Last year we had friends coming with a terrible toddler on the 23rd so I didn't put any presents under the tree til the 24th. I prefer to have some under there earlier.

WaitingForMe Tue 27-Aug-13 15:59:17

No because as others have said, I make an occasion of it. I watch Gone with the Wind, drink mulled wine and eat twiglets.

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Tue 27-Aug-13 16:20:28

We don't put presents under the tree apart from any that arrive in the post or by hand from other people (most of those are given directly by grandparents on Christmas or Boxing day). There is very little space (it is in a tight corner of a small room). The DCs wrap up their presents on Christmas Eve and put them under then. The rest stay in the shed till the DCs have gone to bed. No colour coordination either, ours is a riot of different colours of wrapping paper.

Still18atheart Tue 27-Aug-13 16:25:11

No! I have one evening in the middle of December when I put on Love Actually with a glass of wine/ hot chocolate and do it all at once. Partly because it saves me having to bring out the sellotape, paper, ribbon, gift tags, bows etc time after time, for even just a little gift and partly because I'd forget what I had given people.

gaggiagirl Tue 27-Aug-13 16:31:58

Yes I wrap as I go, in batches so I'm not fiddling on all the time.
I'm using plain brown paper £1 a roll and getting DD to paint or draw on it. Keeps her occupied for hours and every piece of wrapping is different

IJustNeedANap Tue 27-Aug-13 16:32:44

I'm the same as DontMindIfIDo. I like to get them all out and do it while getting drunk festive

SupermansBigRedPants Tue 27-Aug-13 17:33:35

I wrapped early ish last year but it needed re wrapped by Christmas as bits tore/ripped/burst open so I'm doing my usual way this year - Christmas eve until 2 am wink

BaconAndAvocado Tue 27-Aug-13 21:40:41

Good God, no!

The Christmas wrapping experience is one of my favourite Yuletide traditions.

I need to be completely alone in the house with good telly to watch, mince pies and cream to scoff and lots of tea to sup!

But then I do suffer from OCD (Obsessive Christmas Disorder) smile

ShakeAndVac Tue 27-Aug-13 23:41:26

No, I don't wrap as soon as I buy them, as I hate wrapping presents with a vengeance and always put off wrapping them until the very last minute.
Then promptly wish I HAD started to wrap them earlier as I'm left with a great big mound of the things to wrap about three days before Christmas and I feel like crying in a corner somewhere. grin
Seriously, I'm envious of people who can make their presents look all smart and bedeck them with fancy shit like silver curled ribbons and sparkly glitter.
Mine always look like they've been sat on by an elephant. grin

hardbeingme Tue 27-Aug-13 23:57:04

i love wrapping but not till december whilst necking drinking baileys.

The wrapping paper would get tatty/dirty otherwise and i buy bits all year so some of the them may get used as birthday pressies instead, and sometimes they end up being from other people (although mil would be quite happy for me to do all her shopping and wrap it as well)

Currently trying to decide what from my stock are going to be for dts birthday next month.

kiwik Wed 28-Aug-13 05:43:18

I get presents wrapped for me - most places offer a wrapping service, so that saves having to think about buying paper, ribbons etc for them.

For children's stockings I wrap all their gifts in only one type of paper, and DH and I spend a night doing it after the DSs are asleep. A couple of glasses of wine, and we're sat on the floor surrounded by toys, paper and growing piles of presents. I love that almost as much as watching them open them on Christmas morning.

BeaWheesht Wed 28-Aug-13 09:56:29

No I do it at the start of December. Love listening to Christmas music and wrapping presents and having fairy lights twinkling.

Also I'd forget what everything is and especially with ds and Dh whose birthdays are at Christmas I don't decide what needs wrapped in birthday or Christmas paper until after ie bought everything.

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