Yeah, we haven’t even started. I’ve been wrapping gifts to deliver to friends on a case-by-case basis, but the majority of them are still unwrapped, in shopping bags out in the garage, and the rolls of paper are still in the trunk of my car. Once I bring them in, I’ll be obligated to find something that the girls can do to “help” so I won’t have to keep reminding them that scissors and tape are Mama Toys. Oh, I could let them help for real, but then the presents would look as though Santa had a team of wild dogs instead of reindeer, and I still have some of my pre-parenthood dignity intact.
I’ll start by printing out some of these gift tags and letting the kids go to town with markers, crayons, and colored pencils. Anna Maria’s cute dress-shaped tag will keep them busy for a good long while. More gift tag links are here at Lifehacker. Also via Lifehacker, beccajo’s great idea for printable wrapping paper at her Curbly blog, which looks so cool for smaller packages and would also be a great coloring project for the kids.
Here’s another gift tag idea at Pink Chalk Studio: break out the safety scissors and glue sticks and use paper scraps to make these little trees (you can find the tags at any office supply store), and I love Beth’s environmentalist wrapping job, which Parent Hacks reworks as an excuse to thin your child’s art collection (Parent Hacks also suggests assembling everything before you wrap it, which I heartily endorse).
Whatever you wrap with, check out the instructions for Japanese gift wrapping techniques at Whip Up. You may never go back to the old way.