13 December 2005

Gift wrapping ideas

The first batch of gifts have left our home and found new places underneath our friends' christmas trees. Call me a sentimental old fool, but I still prefer wrapping my own gifts, even if it meant staying up late. I don't know, but it feels good wrapping gifts while imagining the look (of delight, hopefully) of the recipient when it is opened. No matter how simple the content is, the gift feels special when you take the time and effort to wrap it yourself.

We lived in a small rented house and we shared rooms when I was a kid. But that didn't stop us from buying gifts and stashing it secretly in places where we didn't think the others would look. And then we'd find time away from our siblings to wrap our gifts and stash it underneath the christmas tree. And every now and then, we would visit the tree, pick up a gift, press it close to our ear, then shake it. We'd exclaim, "Ah! A shirt!" or "this is a toy car!," then move on to the next gift. Our eldest sister got so good at guessing what's inside gifts (no matter how much paper you stuff inside so it wouldn't make a sound) that she got it right 90% of the time.

I would like to impart some gift wrapping ideas in time for this yuletide season!
Print your own gift card! A photo of yourself or with your family in the card will make the recipient feel that the gift is indeed special, no matter what it is. Our personalized gift tag includes a photo of myself, my wife and baby Jo-Lo.

Wrap the gift in paper or cloth before putting it in the box. I use white Japanese paper for this purpose.

Aside from putting additional folds onto the wrapping paper, tie a nice ribbon to it. These ribbons are cheap in Divisoria, but are quite expensive in the malls so if you do not have time to go to to Divi, then perhaps you can reserve the ribbon for special gifts.

Lastly, when you're really in a rush and have no time to wrap items with no boxes, use Quick Wraps. This is available in National Bookstore and gift shops. The small one costs P16.50 each and includes the paper to wrap the gift in, the bag, a ribbon, and a tag. These come in nice purple, pink, and green.
Happy wrapping!


  1. How nice! I wonder what's inside those quick wraps? :)

  2. i really like your idea of putting my pics on all my gift tags .... ok lang po ba kung gayahin ko?

  3. can you teach me nick how to artfully wrap a car without giving away my kind of gift?

    advance merry christmas to you and your family!

  4. I also personally wrap our gifts. You've got some nice ideas here.

  5. That personalized gift tag is a great idea! :)

  6. i personally love and get delighted of receiving personall ywrapped presents!

    Merry Christmas sir!

  7. Anonymous7:57 pm

    Very creative and personal :) That is wonderful. Gift wrap pa lang matutuwa na yung recipients ;)

    Advance greetings to you, your wife and Jolo!

  8. Oo naman, Airwind!

    Sige Abaniko tuturuan kita. Basta't sa akin mapupunta ang gift na yan ha! :-)

    Thanks niceheart!

    Ayos ba Toni? Mas personalized ang dating!

    Merry Christmas rin sa yo Owen! I also like receiving personalized gifts.

    Thank you Clair! Advanced Merry Christmas to your family too!

  9. saan kaya jan ang para sa akin? :D

    einen guten tag noch Sir Nick (have a nice day)!

  10. Op chors Maldita. It's with Gen, kunin mo nalang sa kanya. Hope you like it :-)

  11. Hello Neneng! Have a nice weekend too!

  12. wow! based on your pics, i can see that you are quite skillful at wrapping! multi-talented talaga! hmm... pwede ba ikaw na din mag wrap ng gifts ko? hehe

  13. nick-nack! i loved my gift inside those quick wraps.. puprple ever pa! dat was really sweet!

    nways, another idea of wrapping gifts is to use japanese paper instead of the usual christmas wrapper. i did this and naaliw ang mga tao kasi meron pang girlee star tag.. mweheheh

  14. Anonymous5:41 pm

    Very well written! Based on the content of your blog, I think you might enjoy some of the articles at my gift idea site and hope you will give it a peek.


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