I adore a beautifully wrapped present. I even wrote an article about the art of gift wrap on Elizabeth Street last year. But the the truth is, I can't bring myself to spend time or money on the stuff. I'm jealous of those that do!
This past Christmas, I spent $10 for a variety pack of paper from a discount store around the corner. It was enough to get me through the season. I'm sure Target had some great options for the same price, but it takes too much effort for me to get there from my apartment.
And so, as I was in line at the store hating myself for being too cheap and lazy to get the wrapping paper I really wanted, I thought of the best justification for my purchase. While right now my packages look tacky, in fifty years they will look vintage and kitschy! Take a look at these from the 1970's on eBay. Wrapping paper ages so well. It might take awhile, but I'm looking forward to the day my kids compliment me on my good taste.
|Oh, I forgot bows! I bought a bunch out of the 75% off bin at Michael's and CVS a few days before Christmas for an extra special flair. Another $5 totally worth it to drive my point! haha|