How many gifts do we need to wrap?

Do you buy Christmas and birthday presents for your whole family?  We do and I Iove it!  We have quite a big family so the other day I totted up how many presents we buy:

Together, Colin and I have 4 siblings, 2 brothers-in-law, 3 children, 2 sons-in-law, 2 grandchildren, 6 nieces, 3 nephews, 2 great-nieces, and 7 great-nephews.  As well as birthday gifts for all these we also buy for 3 friends and 4 children-of-friends.  A grand total of 38.

At Christmas we add 7 spouses of nieces and nephews and 5 parents of our sons-in-law.

When it comes to wrapping paper we’ve certainly used rolls and rolls over the years!  Our new resolution to not buy it again could prove quite challenging.  Most wrapping paper is not recyclable, either because it contains foil or glitter, or because it is not of sufficient quality.   Unless it gets re-used it goes to landfill or is burned.

We have 3 birthdays in February.  I’ve used up some stock paper for William and Henry but ran out before I could wrap James’.


So the first recipient of a non-wrapping-paper wrapped present is James who receives his gift in second-hand brown paper.  I also found some paper tape in the cupboard.



I’ve made some labels to explain why our gifts are being wrapped so strangely which I’ll use for the first few months.  Believe it or not there are people who don’t read this blog and may not be expecting it!


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