KIM'S PICKS: Wrap It Up!

So, you've got all of your Christmas gifts. Hooray! Now you have to wrap them, and you don't necessarily have to do it yourself. Check out these creative ways you can accomplish gift wrapping with little effort (and in some cases help others).

I hate wrapping holiday gifts.

There. I said it.

For me, it's quite the chore and time consuming. I am also not particularly good at it either as I am all thumbs.

So, if you are like me, gift wrapping is a dreaded holiday task. Yet, it doesn't have to be.

It's not too late to take advantage of letting others do the wrapping for you. Around the South Sound there are some really creative ways to get the job done, have a little fun, and in some cases, help others in need.

Interested? Then put away the tape, bows, and gift tags and take a look at your South Sound holiday wrapping solutions.


Gift Wrapping At Barnes And Noble Tacoma Orthopedic Association Lakewood Guild (Lakewood, Lakewood Towne Center)

Why here: The Tacoma Orthopedic Association (TOA) is a longtime historic charitable organization that supports Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma.
The Lakewood Guild is furthering this great cause by offering holiday wrapping at Barnes and Noble in the Lakewood Towne Center. Help the hospital AND get your wrapping done in one fell swoop! Check out the links for TOA noted above to get more details.

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 22nd and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  December 24th

South Hill Mall Gift Wrapping Station (Puyallup)

Why here: While you finish up your holiday shopping, take advantage of the mall's gift wrapping center for all of your wrapping needs. Staffed by local community organizations and volunteers, you can have your gifts wrapped and help support a great organization with your donation. Community good and getting your holiday chores done? Works for me! For more information click on the link above.


Charlene's Baskets and Bows (Federal Way)

Why here: For something really extra special that's for a person or for the office, Charlene's Baskets and Bows will fit the bill nicely. There are all kinds of wrapping services from the ultra fancy to the budget conscious. Whatever kind of wrapping is chosen, the execution is high quality. And for you really creative types, check out the website for inspiration and ideas. Need more information? The website link will tell you everything you need to know.


The Wesley Inn Jingle Bell Journey Package (Gig Harbor)

Why here: If you really want to do it up and take a mini staycation, check out the package from Gig Harbor's lovely Wesley Inn. Their special Jingle Bell Journey package offers you a great stay. You can tackle your last minute Christmas shopping in Gig Harbor while enjoying a 20% discount on a King Suite. Better even, they will wrap up to three gifts on your behalf from goods purchased at local shops. Pretty cool, but hurry. Offer expires December 24th. See the link above to get the details.

Still need wrapping help? Want to do it quickly, have it look really great, and be green at the same time?

I found inspiration in this short gift wrapping video using a special Japanese techinque of creating a beautiful gift packages with little effort using every day materials. Check it in on the media gallery.

Happy holidays! That's a wrap!

Patricia Mannie, Patricia & Co. December 27, 2011 at 11:57 PM
Thanks for the article, Kim. I better read this article next year before Christmas : )


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