My very first job was in gift wrap. I used to buy Hallmark package trims and make the most beautiful gifts for Christmas and birthdays. As the years went by, I noticed that people tend to be more interested in the gift than the wrapping. Eventually I recognized that not only are we not wealthy, but we weren't even headed that way.I learned to cut back on package trims and now I'm trying to eliminated paper if the gift is for a family member. I make cloth bags or use pillowcases and have the grandchild return those to me. But I'm not a Scrooge --- I love buying and giving gifts.
The greatest gift I ever received was wrapped in swaddling clothes.
I think making cloth bags is a lovely idea ... if I had a sewing machine I would do. I've seen some Christmassy ones in the shops and they're not cheap.
I love wrapping presents. I don't know why, I just do. It's therapeutic almost, ha. So I take my time and make it look nice.