Friends and family know how much I love gift wrapping. The process of brainstorming and gathering odds and ends to put together into a pretty package relaxes me. This activity also allows me to indulge in my guilty pleasure of collecting papers, ribbons, and trinkets. But the reason I put extra effort into the presentation is because I believe the giftee feels extra special when s/he receives a specially wrapped present.
However, I have reached the point in my life where I have less time and resources allotted for my hobbies. And with the demands of adult life increasing everyday, gift wrapping has become a stress inducer, rather than a stress reliever.
Back in October I read a post on HuffPost Style about how having a daily “uniform” style has simplified the editor’s life. The article resonated with me because I hate stressing over what to wear to work every morning. While this style philosophy has yet to be translated into my wardrobe, I already simplified my gift wrap style.
I love, love, love brown paper – kraft paper, pattern paper, packing paper… I love them all. Brown paper is my fail safe gift wrap. I used it frequently in the past. I brought some with me for wrapping presents while on holiday abroad.
Despite my tendency to go overboard with the presentations, it was easy to transition into a simpler wrap style.
Simplifying my style and having a signature look was very helpful in reducing costs and stress during the holidays. My wallet and my husband were very grateful. 😉
Cost of Materials:
- Jute Rope – Php 88 (around $2) for 4 rolls. I only used up 1 1/2.
- Packing Paper – Php 7 (around $o.20) per sheet. I used approximately 20 sheets (Total: Php 140)
- Gold cord/ribbons/stamps – on hand. From my personal collection.
- 3D Stickers – Php 99.50 (around $2.50) for a set of 10
Total Cost: Php 327.50 (around $ 8)