Have you ever felt like you’ve spent more money on gift wrapping than the gift itself? If you’re like me you want your gifts to look amazing when handing them over to the recipient. And a big part of the reason why is because I love getting gifts that were lovingly wrapped myself.
For example, this past Christmas I really started to understand why gift wrapping can be so important. You see I took the time to hand wrap and embellish every gift for someone and I sat there and watched them open each one excited and trying to remember which gift was in the about to be opened package. After his Christmas was over he went and dug around in the guest room, came out and tossed me a shopping bag with stuff. He didn’t even take the time to remove the tags on most of them!
At that moment I felt like he just didn’t care that much about me because he just couldn’t be bothered. And it’s not because pretty paper equals love, and I really hope that I’m not coming across as a spoiled brat here, but it’s about being willing to take the time to do something nice for someone else. To give them that shaking the box, trying to guess what is inside type of fun that always happens at Christmas. But I’ve gotten sidetracked completely… moving on!
My last visit to the store I was APPALLED at the price of gift wrap and a matching bow. I mean, I’m all about the gifts looking great, but when I have to add an extra 7 or 8 bucks for wrapping (and another 4 or so for a card) I feel I’ve been swindled or taken advantage of.
So one day I started making my own bows. I’d grab two rolls of complementary $1 gift wrap and get after it. And not only did I knock down the price of my gift wrapping, I got to add another layer to the “just because I care” cake. And cheapskate tendencies aside, they’re really fun to make!
So head on over to Mom Spark to see how to make your very own paper bows. As a bonus, if you have a Silhouette machine you can download the free cut file to make the makin’ even easier!