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Worst thing about wrapping Christmas presents?

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Jelly101 Thu 05-Nov-15 10:25:21

I started my Christmas shopping yesterday and I was wrapping some of them up. Usually I prefer to wrap as I buy rather than wrap loads in one go. Anyway, I'd really forgotten how tedious it is.

At first I enjoy it, then about 5 presents in, I start getting frustrated. Particularly if the item in wrapping is an awkward shape. For some family members presents or special ones, I always put bows and ribbon on because I think it looks nicer. I'd only wrapped about 10 things and When I looked at the clock, I was shocked to see just over an hour had gone byshock.

By far the most annoying thing about wrapping presents to me is loosing the end of the sellotape and not being able to find it for what feels like an hour. I did have a dispenser but it ran out. sad I then had to battle with a jumbo roll of the stuff. angry

BurkiniBody Thu 05-Nov-15 10:28:11

I completely love wrapping Christmas presents. There is no bad part everything is amazing when you're wrapping grin

PerspicaciaTick Thu 05-Nov-15 10:28:53

I hate wrapping those octagonal boxes of turkish delight.
And the stocking fillers are very fiddly and time consuming.
I am also very good at being organised so the presents are wrapped, labelled and stored to make putting them out at Christmas Eve as easy as possible. But I hate having to be that organised as I can't relax with wine while wrapping.

Savagebeauty Thu 05-Nov-15 10:31:29

Get a proper heavy duty dispenser where you can replace the tapr

TobleroneBoo Thu 05-Nov-15 10:37:53


I love wrapping gifts and settle myself at the table. At the first sign of shiny ribbon, there they are, and they always stand on the rolled out paper I'm about to cut.

Also my dog seems to sense when I am nearing the end of a roll and will hang about patiently for a cardboard inner tube to demolish

BertrandRussell Thu 05-Nov-15 10:38:10

Worst thing? Keeping Dp supplied with beer as he does it........

myotherusernameisbetter Thu 05-Nov-15 10:44:48

Ripping all the skin of your lips through biting off the sellotape because you forgot to borrow the dispenser from work.

Getting all the stuff out and sorting it all and then having to hide it all away again or even worse, getting it all out, starting to wrap and everyone comes home so you have to scramble to hide it all mid wrap.....

xalyssx Thu 05-Nov-15 11:09:53

Getting a strained wrist!

Jelly101 Thu 05-Nov-15 11:15:59

Haha, I've had people drop by and I've had to shove all the presents in my wardrobe. When I get them out again they look a real mess and I have to re-wrap some of them.

DownstairsMixUp Thu 05-Nov-15 11:19:30

Thinking you have done then a stray one has hidden itself somewhere!

Every1KnowsJeffTheJerkOlantern Thu 05-Nov-15 11:21:56

The monotony of it!

And its such a thankless task too. Feels great when its all done and looks beautiful under the tree....only for it to be destroyed in 30 seconds flat leaving the remnants of my hard work and papercuts littering the floor!

BrieAndChilli Thu 05-Nov-15 11:22:14

I don't wrap til shortly before xmas else the paper gets creased and torn in the cupboard.
I put on cheesey xmas films and eat a chocolate orange.
I have gone for less bit more expensive gifts this year so shouldn't take me til 4 am as usual!!!

whitelisbon Thu 05-Nov-15 11:27:18

The cats lying on the paper, and attacking the scissors. One spent a couple of months last year looking lopsided after her whiskers got in the way of the scissors.

mumtoone84 Thu 05-Nov-15 11:30:12

I love wrapping too, however this year for relatives, I just bought a load of gift bags from Next. Should only be the odd bulky present and DS presents that will need wrapping this year.

PrimalLass Thu 05-Nov-15 11:32:56

Get one of these:

I won't do the Christmas wrapping without it.

ChipInTheSugar Thu 05-Nov-15 11:41:56

I find if I wrap too early, they look tatty in no time at all.

jeanmiguelfangio Thu 05-Nov-15 12:06:20

I have a tape dispenser from poundland, it is surprisingly brilliant and has now lasted a couple of years, and it comes with a couple of refills.
I wrap about 50 presents for advent parcels (old family traditions) and then christmas presents for 22 people and all my mums presents too, so I'm a bit of a pro!
Also this year, I'm buying those jute bags from supermarkets to give gifts in. They do some really nice ones and peole can use them next year. And they are bigger than gift bags and cheaper, and good for awkward presents!!

ChristmasZombie Fri 06-Nov-15 10:03:54

I wrap on the floor, so the worst thing is ending up with achy knees!

Fueledwithfairydustandgin Fri 06-Nov-15 14:19:23

Worst thing for me is the end. Sorry blush I love wrapping. Always offering to wrap other people's. Second the AMAZING tape dispenser from poundland

Cheesymonster Fri 06-Nov-15 14:21:17

ChristmasZombie same here, aching back too.

OvO Fri 06-Nov-15 14:26:13

Worst thing for me is forgetting what I just bloody wrapped so having to try to neatly take some tape off to peel back a corner to see what it is so I know whose name to put on the label.

I keep doing it. You'd think I'd learn.

And a mouth that tastes of sellotape and that weirdly feeling your teeth get from biting it. <shudder>

raracleopatra Fri 06-Nov-15 14:28:18

I'm going to try wrapping at the ironing board this year as recommended by mn , might help my back

LexLoofah Fri 06-Nov-15 14:37:01

zombie tip I heard the other day is to wrap on the ironing board - it's the right height to stand and do it and would save achy knees ... haven't tried it myself yet, not that organized, I have the paper but no presents yet ....

FeelingSmurfy Fri 06-Nov-15 14:45:19

Boxes where half of the top and front are cut away (usually big toys) so there is no support and it has a hole in if you so much as look at it!!!!!

Argh those ones really wind me up! I sometimes wrap books up with them to make the sizes, but depends on size of the holes and sizes of books I can get!

FeelingSmurfy Fri 06-Nov-15 14:54:36

I do a few hundred every year (don't ask!) So I am quite quick at them, but I prefer doing a pile of presents for the same person rather than doing one, label, another one, label - even though I get labels written out beforehand it just stops the flow !

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