In the world of YouTube video tutorials, you can find pretty much anything your heart desires, but nothing beats the gift-wrapping videos. Honestly, I’m not sure what makes these videos so mesmerizing, but once you start down this path, you’ll want to spend the rest of your afternoon “researching” how you’re going to wrap all the presents you’ve bought.
I’m going to state my bias here: I prefer the Japanese style of gift wrapping over the gaudy North American style. Less is more, and I don’t think four different ribbons, two bows, and a jingle bell ornament are necessary to make a gift look beautiful, but if that’s your thing, own it! There’s a tutorial out there for you, too.
There was a time in my adult life when wrapping Christmas presents was kind of fun and not that big a deal. I was never exactly spectacular at it – I kind of think that the people who are great at wrapping are also very neat and orderly in real life, something which I am most assuredly not – but it was fun to play around with all the same. Currently, though, my kids don’t care how prettily their gifts are wrapped, they’re just excited to have gifts to unwrap at all. That means I probably won’t be creating any of these masterpieces, but I will still be spending my afternoon appreciating them. And so should you.