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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

70isaLimitNotaTarget Thu 29-Aug-13 23:42:10

I use the ironing board as a table (height is better), ScotchTape gift tape on one of those dispensers with a cutter (no losing the end) and a good quality pair of scissors and good paper (Costco - huge roll)

December evening. Get everything piled up on the dining room table and the Father Ted Christmas Special on.

I used to wrap when the DCs were in bed, but don't dare any more in case one of them comes back down again (bathroom is downstairs). School afternoons it has to be now.

galletti Thu 29-Aug-13 22:55:18

I'm with some others here. Mid December, when I have amassed most of the presents. Dh and DD are sent to out to cinema or something similar - usually on a Sunday afternoon and I surround myself with wrapping paper, ribbons etc, glass of wine cup of tea and watch a good film or crap tv I have saved up while I wrap. It's just another tradition in this house. Might be a bit different this year, as wrapping with a six month old puppy could be interesting!

toffeelolly Thu 29-Aug-13 22:44:49

Wrap all mine when the tree goes up ,normally the start of DEC.

50shadesofknackered Wed 28-Aug-13 20:56:31

I always have a couple of wrapping nights mid December. The tree must be up, I like to do it on my own, put Christmas films on, have a glass or four of wine and wrap all the presents. These nights are part of my Christmas traditions. Plus, if I wrapped them too early i'd forget what I'd bought.

wanderings Wed 28-Aug-13 16:41:11

My DP and I buy our presents throughout the year; we get lots of them for each other. We hide them from each other (we each know where not to look), and then we have a marathon wrapping session in early December. While this takes place, we chat and tease each other about what our presents might be. (Whoever is not wrapping is blindfolded. wink)

BiddyPop Wed 28-Aug-13 15:21:38

I don't exactly wrap as soon as I buy, but I would tend to get wrapping in late November in a couple of nights sessions in the kitchen. I need to have a fair amount ready to give to people when we see them (often we are not travelling for Christmas so need to leave things with DParents etc on visits in late Nov or early Dec - this year, we are travelling so will need to leave things with more distant relatives the week before Christmas which is always manic). I like to get bags together under the study desk grouping the different families in different bags so they are easy to grab.

That said, I often have last minute things to wrap the morning of school breakup, as we leave for trips to relatives, or on Christmas Eve (and once, Christmas morning) for under the tree. But as long as it's only a few, I don't mind that.

And I like to be precise in my wrapping, and use lots of bows, and often make my own tags too - so the more time I can dedicate to it, in advance of the Christmas mayhem, the better.

chanie44 Wed 28-Aug-13 12:13:00

I buy presents throughout the year, but ended up in a mad wrapping frenzy a few dad before Xmas.

This year, I want to start wrapping at the beginning of December, doing it in a couple of batches at a time.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!)

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)

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

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...

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.

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