I love to give gifts, and I want every gift I give to look pretty, nice, or intriguing. I also tend to find myself scrambling at the last minute to pull together the wrapping or gift bag for said gifts and leaving a mess in my wake as I make it work somehow.
Gift bags are a great solution for that scramble…if you have bags and tissue paper on hand. In the last few weeks I have come across a bunch of great gift bags at TJ Maxx and Tuesday Morning. At first I just picked up a few and brought them home for my stash. As I was putting them away I started to look at the tissue papers that were already in my stash and realized I didn’t have matching sets.
Since I have a little time on my hands right now, my organizing fetish kicked into high gear. I went through all the bags I’d brought home and cut off the hang tags, then paired them with tissue papers that were already in my stash. There were gaps. I had some great tissue papers I’d picked up along the way that matched nothing. I had bags that did not go with any of the tissue paper in my stash.
So this week I filled in the gaps and updated my gift wrap system.
- Take all the hang tags and price tags off new bags. If you’re re-using bags you’ve received gifts in (score!) take off any tags with names on them so you don’t have an “oops” later.
- Find the matching or complementary tissue paper and tuck the folded sheets inside. 2 pieces for small/medium bags, 3 for larger bags, 4 or more for jumbo bags.
- File your bags away in a handy container and store in your wrapping center (or in a handy closet if you aren’t quite that nutty about gift wrapping). I used a Sterilite Show-offs file box– I didn’t waste the lid, I bought 3 file boxes at one time and only managed to bring 2 lids home with me. How fortuitous.
- Sigh in relief, knowing the next last minute gift is covered.
|The selection of bags I had to match up with tissue papers.|
|New tissue papers to go with the bags already in my stash|
|All paired up. Feeling better already.|
|My storage system, they all fit in a container meant for files, ditch the lid.|