Why We Need To Bring Back Wrapped Gifts — And Lose the Gift Bag!
Gift bags? No thanks! It only takes minutes to wrap a gift, and the results are so much more beautiful!
Everyone has their holiday pet peeves. Whether it’s the lack of “Christ in Christmas,” the constant shopping, or the almost unavoidable five pounds, we all have those little things about the holidays that we absolutely loathe.
My pet peeve? Those holiday gift bags. Let’s face it: They’re totally lame! I feel like there should be a required note that comes with them whenever you give gifts “wrapped” in them:
So, yeah, I bought you a gift. I didn’t feel like spending the four minutes to wrap it, so I just threw it in this shopping bag with some tissue paper. Oh yeah, and I might’ve gotten it from someone else last week. Happy Holidays!
I tried to recall when we switched over from wrapping gifts to The Dreaded Gift Bag and I just couldn’t remember. I definitely don’t remember pulling toys out of shopping bags under the tree as a child, thank goodness. I won’t tell you I’ve never done it—I most definitely have—but for the most part, I wrap. When you’re giving someone a gift, it’s usually because it’s a special occasion, like the holidays. And it’s actually not that difficult: You can wrap a box in a brown paper bag and slap a red bow on it and it will look fabulous. Or even better, you can go to Home Goods or Target and get designer-caliber wrapping paper for a few dollars (check out Stacey Bendet’s giftwrap collection for One Kings Lane above), and it looks beautiful! The possibilities are endless, and it doesn’t require a crafty skill set to make work.
Ever since I was about 11 years old, I would go to Bergdorf Goodman’s at Christmas time. I’d buy a boo, an ornament, or some other small trinket with my babysitting money. Then I would go to the gift wrap department and have it wrapped in that signature silver box and go home. True, sometimes I used to keep the present for myself; but the point is, I did it because it was special. What was inside was under $20, but it didn’t matter. A gift bag could never evoke that magical feeling to a little kid—or to an adult, for that matter. Think about it!
You don’t need to live near Bergdorf’s or spend a lot of money to wrap your gifts in gorgeousness. In the age of Pinterest and Google, let’s not pretend you’re not “creative” enough to figure this out without “professional style pros” like myself steering you. You can totally do this! My intention is not to insult anyone; all I’m saying is that I think we can do better than the effortless gift bag (and believe you me, the effortlessness shows). Unless you’re the leader of the free world, you have the couple of minutes it takes to wrap a gift. I promise you, those on the receiving end will notice. And if you are lucky enough to see their face when they tear open that gift, you’ll get to experience some of that joy.
Oh wait, isn’t that what this is all about in the first place? Joy to the world! Now will you please go buy some wrapping paper?
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