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to think my DH should get this right?

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RosesandRugby Wed 24-Dec-14 13:12:19

We have had lots of children over the years (natural and fostered). I usually do all the wrapping for Christmas. I buy different paper for the girls presents, usually princesses or something and more neutral for boys so that when they are put out at stupid o'clock I know exactly which one goes where without having to read labels etc

This year the DH decided he would help (first time in 20 years so no argument from me). So I wrapped a few individual presents in their person specific paper and placed them to one side leaving the rest for him to do while I took the children out to see the big man.

I have just gone to check everything is ready only to find 4 bags full of identically wrapped presents......without any labels to suggest who they belong to. I have frantically texted him (he's at work, public sector worker will be there all day and most of the night) and his reply is 'surely you know how big each gift is for each child so why would I label them or wrap them in different paper, anyway its a waste of paper to open a new role for each child'

Now im going to have to spend half the night unwrapping them to work out who's presents they are and add labels and reseal them. Surely after 20 years he should know how this works. He has commented in the past how easy it is to know who's is who's gift because of how I wrap them. I don't know whether I'm going to laugh or cry fhmm

Gileswithachainsaw Wed 24-Dec-14 13:13:46

gosh what an absolute pain. can't believe it didn't occur to him to do labels.

how stupid

Lj8893 Wed 24-Dec-14 13:16:00

Sounds like the sort of thing my dp would do, except they would be wrapped so badly that you would be able to see the present underneath anyway.
sorry i haven't got any advice for you! But yanbu, he should have been able to get it right.

FunkyBoldRibena Wed 24-Dec-14 13:18:11

I wouldn't rewrap. I'd open each one, ID it and then label.

TheFirstOfHerName Wed 24-Dec-14 13:38:04

surely you know how big each gift is for each child The wombat.
Craft knife, ninja slit the paper somewhere non-obvious, ID gift, then reseal with sellotape and stick a label on.

FinallyHere Wed 24-Dec-14 13:55:54

So sorry to hear this.

I appreciate that you want to fix this, by unwrapping and labelling, but that will mean that DH will get to assume that you were making a big fuss about nothing. If you leave it to him to hand them out, maybe he will get the idea of how much easier it is if they are labelled.

Just saying

RosesandRugby Wed 24-Dec-14 13:57:36

I've worked out what's lego and what's perfume so they wont need labelling as they're pretty much the same thing. I definitely like the 'craft knife ninja slit' idea thefirstofhername.

I think a bottle of wine in front of some tv tonight with sellotape and a craft knife is in order. Next year i'm doing it myself and I promise never to complain again fwink

RosesandRugby Wed 24-Dec-14 14:01:40

He's working tomorrow from 7am finallyhere so he wont get to see how difficult it is. I may just remove some labels from my gifts and hand them to him and see if he 'gets it' when he receives frilly underwear instead fwink

wheresthelight Wed 24-Dec-14 16:08:33

loving the idea of ninja craft knife wielding mum's!!

my dp promised faithfully he would help with present wrapping this year as I have done my back in and have spent the last week barely able to move. his help consisted of sitting on the sofa snoring all night.

he cam bloody do it himself next year

and I also have different paper for each child although I also label them unless stocking fillers

TheFirstOfHerName Wed 24-Dec-14 16:24:37

A few nights ago, when I was out, DH shared on facebook that he was spending the evening wrapping presents in front of the fire while listening to Christmas music. Cue lots of comments about how good he is and how organised.

What he didn't mention is that he only had to wrap THREE! (mine, which I bought or told him what to buy). I wrapped the other 57 (yes, I counted). No CD, no fire, just a mad rush on the bedroom floor in a spare hour here and there between work and looking after children. I didn't feel the need to share it on facebook, either.

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