Originally posted by berto: 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.
I’ve done just that and used the funny papers for stuffing instead of colored tissue paper.
Originally posted by RAMIUS: 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.
You obviously did not grow up in the 1930s and 40s in a household that didn't have a lot of money. We did not "rip up" wrappings on packages, but very carefully undid it all so that the paper could be saved and reused. We were good enough at it that some pieces of paper were used several seasons. (Overuse of tape was avoided, too--it made deconstruction more difficult.) To this day I do not rip the wrappings off a decorated package, but carefully undo it.
Texan by choice, not accident of birth
When they ask me, "Paper or plastic?" I just say, "Doesn't matter to me. I am bi-sacksual."