This year I think I’ve realized I’m a little bit of a Grinch when it comes to Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I love the holiday spirit and all of the festive things, like decorating and those Hallmark movies, but trying to find presents for people and then wrapping them is such a chore for me.
I made myself a Google spreadsheet with who I had to buy for, ideas of gifts, and if the gifts had been received yet—applicable to online orders—and if they have been wrapped yet. I only had to buy for six people this year, well, seven including a gift for the Yankee Swap at my work Christmas party this week.
Buying presents for my parents is the hardest, because they can realistically can get what they want for themselves; like they’re not really wishing to get anything. And if you’re my mom, you order what you want from QVC and then wrap it yourself and sign the tag from Santa. (I also know about 80% of what I’m getting for Christmas because my mom does the “We’ll go shopping in December and whatever you want I’ll give it to you for Christmas” thing.)
I was going to put my wrapping off until the last minute but we’re doing an early Christmas at my grandparents’ house on the 16th. So I put a note in my planner marking last Saturday as my day to wrap. I complained that I hated wrapping, so my mom offered to help me wrap gifts that weren’t for her, and apparently she thought I couldn’t wrap at all. I can wrap, I just hate doing it.
We did have a little friend join us while we were wrapping: Stella. My dad’s gifts came in a small box that we were going to wrap after wrapping each gift individually, and Stella jumped inside because, you know, the “If I fits, I sits” cat philosophy.
Maybe it’s because we’re not setting ourselves up for success where we wrap gifts every year. We do it in our basement in our TV room, that’s home to a TV/media center, a cedar chest that holds our printer, two recliners, a treadmill, some leftover stuff from when I lived at college, and a Bo Flex machine that no one uses but my dad claims he’ll start using it again once the basement is clean. (He’s been saying that for years.) We wrap on the floor, and there’s about a three by three foot area that’s open for wrapping. Granted, we could take the wrapping paper and stuff somewhere else, but if we have to wrap for each other, we go downstairs and tell whoever’s gifts are being wrapped not to go downstairs.
I’m pretty good at wrapping boxes but anything else I absolutely hate. My cop-out is loosely wrapping things in tissue paper and then shoving everything in a bag. It’s just frustrating, and they don’t show people getting frustrated wrapping in Hallmark movies, so that means I should be having such a wonderful and joyous time wrapping hand-picked presents for my loved ones.
I have two gifts left to get, and one of them is something else for my mom. I’m thinking of finding something online to order because I hate going out shopping this time of year. My town has literally every store you can imagine like a two mile radius, so traffic is a million times worse than it already is. And don’t forget about the lines and having to actually deal with people.
Wow, so in conclusion, I’ve become a Grinch. I like getting presents for people, and I like receiving them, but the process of actually getting to that point is just too stressful.
Are you good at wrapping? Can I outsource my wrapping needs to you? Thoughts on the whole struggle of finding gifts for people who already have everything they want?