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to not want to wrap all DS's birthday presents?

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nancerama Sat 01-Jun-13 08:24:43

DS is 2 tomorrow. Over the past few days presents have been arriving for him from DH's family, mostly Amazon packages addressed to me or DH. Not a single one of them has been gift wrapped.

I know in the scheme of things it's no big deal, and 2 year olds quickly tire of unwrapping gifts, but it frustrates me that they can't be bothered to spend 5 minutes with some paper and tape for their own grandson/nephew. Amazon even has a tick box for gift wrapping.

doublecakeplease Sat 01-Jun-13 08:30:23

Yabu (but only because i LOVE wrapping gifts) so send them my way!

He'll not notice - and will probably prefer the boxes! Give him them as they are - take a pic as he opens each one (then send that pic postcard style to the sender as a thankyou card if you usually do cards??)

If the sender sees it being opened not wrapped they might wrap next time (or not - i doubt your dc will ever be bothered though)

DoodleAlley Sat 01-Jun-13 08:40:02

I know what you mean.

My DS is now four and every birthday I've been the one to make suggestions for presents (not just ideas but links to specific items), sometimes I've had to buy them for other people and I've had to wrap them.

It's frustrating but when family live so far away I don't feel like I can do much. Next year presents will hopefully be smaller as he gets older. If not then DH will be drafted in to be the wrapping lackey whilst I project manage with a bottle glass of wine

Jan49 Sat 01-Jun-13 08:40:36

Surely for them to spend 5 minutes wrapping a present bought from Amazon they'd also have to have the present sent to themselves and then parcel it up and send it to you and pay postage? Or to ask Amazon to wrap it they'd have to pay extra and they wouldn't be making the effort involved if they did that. As you say the presents are mostly via Amazon, they can't simply gift wrap those themselves.

Just let your DS open the packaging. He won't care if it's gift wrap or a brown box.

nancerama Sat 01-Jun-13 08:51:09

I think it's just that the presents represent the general lack of effort all round. They live about an hour away - not the other end of the country. If their DCs have birthdays we arrange to visit and take presents with us. They make no effort to visit us to reciprocate.

And I like surprises - the childish bit of me wants to see these gifts for the first time when he opens them. I've spoiled the surprise for myself.

foolmouse Sat 01-Jun-13 09:38:46

At that age I think wrapping paper is just a waste of resources anyway. Your DS was born same day as my DD grin and I haven't wrapped any of her gifts. Don't see the point, it just gets torn off and goes in the bin.

nancerama Sat 01-Jun-13 09:44:41

Minimouse is Minirama's birthday twin.

I do know I'm being a bit unreasonable, but I'd rather grumble here than be all passive aggressive on Facebook.

nancerama Sat 01-Jun-13 10:11:38

And now BIL has texted. He hasn't had time to sort out a present. Can we buy and wrap something from him and he'll send us the money hmm

IamMrsElf Sat 01-Jun-13 10:39:53


I like to get the toys out of the boxes, put batteries in, make sure it works and then wrap it. I know I am super anal!

My family are just as bad. DPs live in the US so they always amazon presents for me to wrap, as do DGPs. I tend to bundle them all together into one wrapped package, or just wrap the main ones and put the others into a big gift bag for DCs to pull out. Saves a lot of time!!

MIL insists on wrapping everything still in the box, so by the time toy is out and has batteries and is working, DCs are bored and then she looks all poo faced (I do mean poo and not po - the face is akin to the look you might have if someone curled one out on your foot).

Your BIL is being very unreasonable. My SIL on DH's side don't even buy gifts. This year one of them said I need to spend on extra on X's christmas present because I completely forgot his 2nd birthday - what a cock!!

claraschu Sat 01-Jun-13 10:46:50

If you are ordering from Amazon, it is easier and less wasteful just to have presents sent directly to the birthday child. We only have one relative who ever bothers to send presents. You are lucky to have so many people who care at least a little bit.

I use old newspapers for wrapping paper to save the environment. You can leave things in the box they arrived in, or wrap in newspaper and tie with ribbon or string (takes less than 30").

StuntGirl Sat 01-Jun-13 10:51:59

Tell your brother in law you don't have the time, and your son would be delighted to recieve another present next week, so not to worry about it being late. Cheeky sod.

nextphase Sat 01-Jun-13 10:55:29

But they come wrapped - in amazon brown card. Why open them when they arrive? Just let DS unwrap them from the envelope. They don't care what they look like at that age!

Hulababy Sat 01-Jun-13 10:57:02

I always ask for, and pay for, the gift wrap option if ordering and sending from places like Amazon. It does cost, yes, about £3 I think - but it saves me time and money than having sent to me, me buy the stuff and wrap, and then post it out again. I'd not want to send an unwrapped gift - would feel wrong, especially to a child.

If people sent unwrapped to our house for DD - depending on how many I probably would wrap or put in a gift bag - we always have gift bags in house as we tend to reuse those we receive. Or just leave inside the box and tape it back up again if no paper in.

oldnewmummy Sat 01-Jun-13 11:00:13

I send loads of Amazon presents directly to recipients in the UK answer live in Australia. I'd rather spend 3 extra quid on each present than on gift wrap, so mine are sent in the cardboard.

oldnewmummy Sat 01-Jun-13 11:00:31

* as I

starfishmummy Sat 01-Jun-13 11:19:24

I would just have left them in the amazon parcels. I knew ds would have loved wrapping those.

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