The holidays are ramping up, and we are out and about this year. This means we need to think about gifts for the Hostess with the Mostess. If someone takes the time and effort to throw a shindig, whether it’s a large feté or an intimate gathering, it’s good manners to show up with a little something in your hand to say thank you. Today, it’s all about the Gift Guide for the Hostess.
Since we’re talking about gifts, there’s never a better time than early November to man your gift wrap station. There’s nothing worse than leaving your gifts unwrapped until the very last minute. That’s when it turns into a chore… Been there, done that! No bueño. Maybe that’s why gift wrap gets a bum rap. Ha! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a beautifully wrapped present. So if you have your wrapping paper, ribbon, nametags, tape, and scissors purchased beforehand, it will make gift wrapping a joy. I promise!
Of course, it’s always a good idea to keep wine or boxed candy on hand for last-minute gifts for the Hostess. But with a little planning, we can be more inventive. Today, I rounded up a few of my favorites for any budget.
There’s nothing more gorgeous than a stack of beautifully wrapped presents under the tree. Whether the gift recipient loves to rip off the paper or take their time peeling off the tape then neatly folding the paper, it’s a joy to watch the unwrapping. In America, we can thank the Hall brothers for modern gift wrapping (yes, that would be the Hall’s of Hallmark) who ran out of red, white, and green tissue paper in 1917. Being resourceful entrepreneurs they sold French decorative paper typically used to line the envelopes of their greeting cards. By 1919 the paper was so popular they began producing wrapping paper along with cards. Genius!
Years ago, I developed a love of wrapping paper due to a job as a gift wrapper during the holiday rush. Freshman year of college, when I came home for Christmas, my dad informed me that I had gone waaayyy over my monthly allowance and was cut off from funds until January. What?! How will I buy presents for the family? For you, dearest Father? How will I go to the movies with friends? All of which fell on deaf ears as my dad was on a mission to teach this girl a valuable lesson. When the going gets tough, the tough find a job! Thankfully, the local department store was hiring for the Christmas season. “Can you gift wrap,” they asked? “Of course,” I replied, which was an overstatement. Technically, I could wrap a gift. I’d watched my mother a thousand times and helped now and again. What was the big deal especially for a college student? Let me be the first to tell you I was woefully unskilled with the art of gift wrapping. It was a baptism by fire, as I learned in a hurry. Harried shoppers lined up ten to twenty deep to have their gifts wrapped by a professional. The pressure was on! But I upped my skillset and was cutting and taping like a pro in no time. Can you believe people were so thankful for their beautifully wrapped gift they tipped their gift wrappers! Who knew? Thanks, Dad, for a lesson learned and a lifelong love of gift wrap. I have to say I’m a terrific gift wrapper to this very day. Here are a few tips: