By now, you’ve probably gotten all kinds of great Black Friday deals, and hopefully finished off your Christmas shopping at the same time. We’re here to help with some extra-special ways to wrap those presents.
You know how we keep buying those wacky vintage craft pamphlets? Well, there are often some other pamphlets mixed in that aren’t strictly crafts. Kathy got this super groovy pamphlet just a couple of months ago, and you haven’t seen colors this bright in 50 years!
I don’t even need the hairstyle to know when this baby was published. Of course, these styles overlap the decades and you would certainly be able to find these wrapping papers in the ’70s. In fact, we occasionally see them at estate sales even now, still virulently colorful.
As if the pictures on the pamphlet cover weren’t funny enough, the introduction is a hoot:
When you wrap a gift, you express yourself as uniquely as when you sign your name. Your taste, your creativity–even your sense of humor–combine to make each gift a personal creation.
Wow, what does it say about me? When I have a bazillion Christmas presents to get done, it looks like a five-year-old helped me. I need to channel my inner ’60s housewife so I can express my creativity and personality properly, while wrapping presents–who needs sleep?
The introduction ends with a quote from Swiss philosopher, John Lavater, “The manner of giving shows the character of the giver, more than the gift itself.” Thanks, John, as if Christmas doesn’t have enough built-in pressure already!
You know, in a goofy kind of way, these presents are pretty fun:
Although some of them look like a lot of work! Honestly, most kids would play more with the truck box (bottom center) than the actual present inside; unless of course the present is a truck!
Looking at the above picture, you can see this pamphlet really emphasizes the bow. If you have a yen for a crazy bow, here’s how you do it:
I should confess that I’m hopeless at making bows. I took a whole semester of flower arranging (mostly so I could learn to tie those corsage bows) and never really made much progress in the bow-tying department. So these easy-to-follow kinds of directions fill me with dread. An hour later, all I’ll have to show for my effort is a wrinkled, slightly mashed and askew bow. Thank goodness for after Christmas sales; I get all my bows 75% off.
So if you’re not a groovy kind of person and would like to express yourself in a late ’50s, early ’60s hipster sort of style, I have the booklet for you:
But if you think you’re off the hook for wrapping packages creatively, guess again! As we’re told by Hallmark:
If gifts are the language of thoughtfulness, surely gift wrappings are the punctuation marks; and the way you use them is an important part of the story you want to tell . . . the story of your thoughtfulness.
Besides the middle and bottom rows on the cover, which show acceptable levels of wrapping, the pamphlet has this page devoted to Christmas; sadly, the facing page was ripped out:
If you’re all about the bow, here are some fun and frightening versions:
Finally, I wanted to say a word for recycling your package decorations. Every year, my present from Kathy comes with a lovely vintage name tag, and every year, Kathy reclaims the tag to use next Christmas. I’ve heard of families who save the bows, ribbon, and extras from their Christmas presents. They reuse them next year, much enhanced with new ribbon, beads, glitter, dried flowers–you name it–and decorate packages meant for the original giver. This appeals to the recycling, quasi-crafty, cheapskate that resides in me. As an illustration, let me present the gift bag that Kathy and I pass back and forth for our birthdays:
Hope this post helps all of you who have tons of wrapping to do; maybe more helpful is our advice to allow your inner five-year-old to do all of your present wrapping, if that’s what it takes to keep your sanity!