Unwrapping the Holidays
The holiday season is one for kindness and giving. No matter which holiday you celebrate, you will most likely be giving gifts to your loved ones. Gift giving has evolved from not only giving the actual gift to the recipient but giving it in a creative and special way. The packaging of the gift has almost become as important as the gift itself. The gift wrapping has taken on a life of its own, and frankly, I’m here for it. The anticipation builds as you see the gift, and unwrapping it is all that’s on your mind. My family is huge into wrapping gifts. At my grandparents’ house over the holidays, we have a “gift wrapping station” in their barn, where all of the “elfing” takes place. But how can one get inspiration for all of these wrapping skills?
There are “how-to” guides on the exact steps of wrapping the perfect holiday package.
This article from Country Living details 12 steps of how to properly wrap a package like a “professional.”
This article explains 5 gift wrapping tips to get your creative juices flowing and really impress your family and friends.
If you want to think even more outside the box, look into the art of packaging called Furoshiki.
“Furoshiki is a square piece of cloth or fabric used for gift wrapping, transporting items, fashion, and home decor. The word refers both to the craft and to the cloth itself, which usually has an elegant, decorative design. Furoshiki has become increasingly popular with cultures around the world as it has transformed the art of gift-giving.”
Freeform TV channel even has a new show called “Wrap Battle,” in which contestants compete to wrap the best present.
The show has actually become a big hit, and if you want to learn more check out this “10 Things you didn’t know about Wrap Battle” article (I won’t spoil it for you).
Wrapping and packaging have become a huge part of the holiday season, and it lets people use their creativity in an outlet that can be given to others. But as you are wrapping and packaging, remember the true meaning of the holidays: kindness and giving and spending time with those you love
The logistics of getting the package to the final location if one is shipping it always amazes me as well. I’d like to give a small shout out to all those people that get precious packages from point A to point B. I have a few friends that work for UPS actually and from Thanksgiving through New Years their schedules have been wildly varying from a normal day to day office job. My one friend’s work schedule has changed from a 9-5 to 6 am to 3 pm to help with early deliveries. And my other friend had to fly up to Boston from Charlotte to help with the physical delivery of packages to families in time for the holidays. So thank you to you all who help get our perfectly wrapped packages to and fro.
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