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Why, genetically?

Yes, "Y", genetically.


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Thank goodness for those gift bags.


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I used to do real nice job wrapping gifts. And then 30 years ago or so I started wrapping presents for my niece and nephew when they were little. I would leave the paper loose with big gaps so that they could get their little fingers in there and tear the paper easily.

Apparently that caused my up till then dormant natural male present wrapping gene to kick in, because I've never been able to do a nice job since.

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Men are supposed to be better at such jobs because we have better spatial awareness and mechanical ability, or something. If we can’t do it, it’s a matter of will, not ability.




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I have a rare condition where I was born with ten thumbs... I don’t even have to write a “from” on gifts. Everyone knows who they’re from Big Grin




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When I was a kid, I frequently went shopping with my mom. If she bought a gift in a department store, she would send me to the gift wrapping department to get it wrapped. I watched and learned.

I can wrap a gift like a pro. Having the right tools and supplies helps the process. I use sharp scissors and good tape (regular and double sided). Before you start wrapping, have several cut pieces of tape temporarily stuck to the edge of the table ready for use.
 
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I’m good at square items smaller than a bread box. I suck at big items and/or odd shaped items. For example, one Christmas I bought Dad a soundbar with subwoofer. The manufacturer shaped the box like a guitar. I nearly took a picture, printed it, and put it in a card. Instead, I wrapped that odd shaped SOB and used up a roll of paper and half roll of scotch tape. Dad certainly didn’t guess what it was but the wrapping job didn’t look good to me.



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I can do it, but choose not to, agree that sharp scissors, a good eye for size, sharp folds and creases, good tape and it's easy peasy.


I'll buy everything and take it to the wrapping table at the mall, that way I get all kinds of different paper used, nice packages wrapped by mostly ladies who accept my donation to the church/cause.

They live to wrap...



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trash bag & electrical tape (color matched to holiday, I ain't a caveman). no card/nametag. wife knows.
Wife spends $10 on bag/card for a $25 gift.
 
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I wrapped a Christmas present up in newspaper once as a gag

I thought I did a nice job having the headline readable on the gift...



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Whoever mentioned selective incompetence has it right.

I don't like wrapping, but I can do a neat job of it.




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I wrapped a Christmas present up in newspaper once as a gag

I thought I did a nice job having the headline readable on the gift...


My dad has a tradition of giving books on Valentine's day. His dad gave him books, as I understand it.

He wraps the books in the funny papers. It is his thing.




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It's a crap shoot on how they look, usually at least one side looks good. That is the display side under the tree


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When I was much younger, I used to wrap gifts in the stock pages of the WSJ.




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Because we just really care?

It’s gonna be ripped up anyway.

It’s like me building a beautiful house, and then having someone run into it with a wrecking ball. Yeah, it’s exactly like that.


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If you can put a condom on, you can properly package any parcel for shipping.


How soon after I put the condom on do I have to start the gift wrapping?


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Originally posted by P220 Smudge:
If you can put a condom on, you can properly package any parcel for shipping.


How soon after I put the condom on do I have to start the gift wrapping?


Depends on the type of medication you took and the dosage. Wink
 
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Wife jokes that it's easy to tell which gifts I wrapped because the job is not department store gift wrap level. I don't care. If the stripes line up great if one corner is bent no big deal. I've threatened to put gifts in paper bags and staple them shut.
 
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For me it reminds me of folding clothes, I can get close but never perfect. Wife will show me that the way I fold clothes leaves wrinkles...she has OCD, and that’s what I love about her.


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Whoever mentioned selective incompetence has it right.

I don't like wrapping, but I can do a neat job of it.

This ^^^^^

I don't like wrapping, either. But I do it, and I do it well. Better than my wife and most other people, in fact. Given a small enough box I can do it with two small bits of tape.

And I'm a guy who can't saw a straight line free-hand to save my soul Smile




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