Tinselitis: Wrap It Up

Now, I don’t want to make anyone jealous here or anything, but… I’m done my Christmas shopping.  Well, almost done – stocking stuffers are something I continue to pick up until the last possible minute. But generally, there’s a pile full of stuff sitting in the corner of my room ready to be wrapped and then unwrapped by its lucky recipient. Since I buy for only one person – and I know this person like the back of my hand – Christmas shopping is always a super easy and inspiring process, but also a quick one, which doesn’t suit me because I like buying presents. This means I tend to go a bit mental and buy way too much.

My point? A lot of stuff needs a lot of wrapping paper. Sure, I could get one or two cheap rolls from Target and be done with it, but newsflash: Target doesn’t sell wrapping paper in October. So there. Plus, two rolls for a few dozen presents? Pfft. No thanks. Loving Christmas means loving your gift giving selection to look varied in the presentation department and two rolls of paper aren’t going to cut it.

Since I am vaguely OCD and also incredibly impatient, I trolled the depths of eBay for roughly 3 hours at 4am looking to see what was on offer. Honestly, it was a bit bleak. I searched under “Christmas gift wrap” and “Christmas wrapping paper” and felt like I still must have been doing something wrong because there’s no way that could be all there was. Also, people on eBay must have bumped their heads because the prices on some of these rolls of wrapping paper are outrageous. One particular offender was selling 3 rolls of pretty ugly paper for what she described as the “deep discount price” of… $15. Dream on, sucker.

I didn’t end up buying any, but I will show you the best (and worst) of my findings below. PS, just a tip: mind your square footage, y’all. That comes from the heart. Tin foil based wraps and the fancier crap usually comes with about 1/2 as much as some of the thinner paper rolls and is about 2x the price. Splurge where necessary, but don’t be a bozo about it.

The Good

In Sweden, Rudolph is a goat!

Listen, I can dig it! It’s rustic, it’s Scandanavian, Santa’s showing the animal folk love – what’s not to like? This Jenny Nystrom wrap tells the recipient, Hey, I appreciate folk art, have international tastes and I also own several Fair Isle sweaters.  Word to the wise, however – if you go this route, all other paper most follow a similar theme or at least be solid-colour.

Ooh, a variety set! Fancy!

eBay user “debbienann” came correct with this offering. With a Buy It Now price of $9.99 (with free shipping), you’re getting a steal. Several sheets of stick-on tags (the only way to go, unless you’re going with the rustic look above, then it sorta has to be tie-ons, doesn’t it?), four gift bags, tissue paper and wrapping paper. The paper itself is somewhat boring but workable for smaller items and for that price, I’ll take it. Well, I won’t take it because I didn’t buy it. But you could!

A hodge podge of Santas!

How do you like your Father Christmas? Victorian? Rustic? Drawn with what seems to be a child’s hand? Look no further – this collection’s for you. Sure, none if it matches, but that’s okay – you can spread it out between several recipients. I particularly enjoy the red & white paper in this collection. Unique but still classy (much like myself, “LOL”). The gift bags are sort of a hot mess but will work for those gifts that you’re forced to give, like an office polyanna or something.

The Bad

Oh my. Oh no.

Look, I don’t know you guys. Maybe you are really into pelicans and flamingos… in winterwear? I don’t know. Everything about this screams (squawks?) “make it stop” to me, so I have to take a pass.

Merry... Hunting Day?

Ah, Christmas. The one day of the year when families gather to eat, exchange gifts and… fish? I don’t know. But what I do know is that this sure as hell isn’t Christmas paper. Word to the wise: a leaning pine tree and a galloping deer are found in any forest. Doesn’t mean they’re from the North Pole.

The WTF?!

*Stares blankly*

Do we really have to talk about this one? I love a good gag gift as much as the next, but there is not a thing about this that is okay. End of story.

Stay tuned next week for more Christmas goodness and if there’s anything in particular you think we should cover, drop a note in the comments section below. 69 days left to go!


Featured image via pointradio.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/imeanwell Jacqueline LaLond

    I guess I’m really into pelicans and flamingos. I loved that paper most!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mackenzie.barrow Mackenzie Barrow Warren

    It’s my new goal to have the tackiest Christmas wrapping paper in my family. Will be starting with flamingos.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LOULOUKINS Louise Macdonald

    LOVING the Tinselitis posts on HG! Noone I know is as excited for xmas as I am! 69 DAYS TO GO!! *bounces in excitement like a kid*

  • http://www.facebook.com/aliiiceuh Alice Bourgault-Roy

    OMG, I looooove the flamingos paper. Of course, it’s ridiculous and kind of ugly… but that’s EXACTLY why I’m crazy about it. It’s all part of the charm.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/rsswatzel Ryan N Stephanie Swatzel

    HOBBY LOBBY has the BEST wrapping paper. I had a severe wrapping paper obsession. None of my presents ever look alike, but they all go together when laid out under the tree. I spend a decent amount of time on each package making sure that EACH one if crisply folded with defined edges and a GORGEOUS handmade bow. Call me an overachiever, call it a waste of time, but I get the joy of not only presenting someone with a beautiful gift, but seeing the excited look on their face twice. First, when they admire the packaging, and second, when they open the gift and see what’s inside! I love it! I buy gift wrap in various forms throughout the year, as I don’t believe that Christmas should be all green and red, and I organize it periodically throughout the year. Another great addition to any package is to tie something to the ribbon on the outside (jingle bells or candy canes at christmas, a cute pin or accessory for other occasssions). Anyways…… having blabbed on about all this…. HOBBY LOBBY has the best wrap. It IS a little pricey, but they have 40% off one item coupons on their website almost every-other week. If you are on the west coast and do not have access to a Hobby Lobby, check out Michael’s, as they too may have the quality you are looking for. They probably already have stuff available too.

    Also, have you checked out Amazon? Aside from the suicidal snowman, there seems to be some good deals available…

  • http://www.facebook.com/oxiemoron Cristal Bernal

    How about “ugly” Christmas sweaters? I love them.

    • http://www.stilljennifer.com Jennifer Still

      That’s a fantastic idea – and I actually planned to do something like that in the upcoming weeks! It’s so crazy how expensive those ugly sweaters are – I went looking for one the other day and it was like, $38!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=31208271 Stephanie Houser Newman

    Also, Hallmark already has a lot of wrapping paper out – and they have specials when you buy 2. Since I do rock it as a second job (mostly because of my love for all things Christmas – the ornaments come out in July!), I know that they have some really cute designs coming out this year (and yes, I plan on getting mine in the next two weeks!). Yay Christmas!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/afw6705 Amy Wahl

    In New York e have dollar tree and usually they start getting their holiday paper in about now. They do awesome $1 rolls of charlie brown paper, rank & bass character paper (santa clause is coming to town, anyone?), and coca cola santa paper. For a girl like myself who likes to wrap every gift in different paper, the prices there are a God send.

    Also Hallmark has slightly expensive but super cute paper. last year I got paper that had all of the peanuts, including Franklin and Pig Pen skating

    • http://www.stilljennifer.com Jennifer Still

      I grew up in the suburbs and used to LOVE going to Dollar Tree – and not just for wrapping paper. I don’t know that we have one in NYC, but will have to look into it. I was on their website just yesterday though and was thrilled to see that they have an online shop… but then I realised it’s only to buy in bulk! :(

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