Biscuit tin wrapping
One Christmas Day, when I looked at the huge pile of shredded paper that had been the pretty wrapping of a treeful of presents an hour before but was now just a heap of junk, I thought that there had to be a better way… and what I hit upon was biscuit tins.
So I snapped up the Christmas biscuit tins I found at op shops and that’s what I put the next year’s presents in. Here are the advantages:
- A second hand tin is very green because you’re not using up new materials and you can reuse it later.
- It was a beautifully festive stack of presents (angels, gingerbread houses and reindeer galore)
- Some people were happy to keep the tin and considered it a supplementary present and some handed their tin back to me to be used again the next year. (Both options are good.)
- If you like to frustrate present prodders, using a tin is a good way to ensure they can’t feel what they’re getting in advance.
Here are the disadvantages:
- Although you can keep your average tin price under 50c and this compares favourably with expensive paper and ribbons, it’s not the cheapest option.
- Some things don’t fit into even the biggest tin.
- It frustrates present prodders but it plays into the hands of people who cheat: they can easily lift the lid and see what’s inside when no-one else is around.
If you’d like to give this a shot, start checking op shops well ahead of time. (Now is not too early.)
To the relief of everyone in my office, Donna has announced that she has found a new job and is leaving as soon as she’s served her notice. But my boss Catherine told Donna that’s it’s okay to go on Friday (and I suspect it’s because Catherine’s own birthday is next week and she’s afraid of the cake roster.)
 And they’re plentiful: I didn’t have to look hard.
 So I found designs for Christians and non-Christians alike but it’s much harder to cater for people with impeccable taste than for those who like cute things!
 Matthew gave Auntie Helen hankies last year and Wendy gave her a lavender bag and she bundled them together into my holly tin and put them straight in her drawer when she got back to the nursing home, but she left the embroidery kit I’d given her under her chair: I guess she liked the tin holding the present better than the present itself! (I worked out later that the problem was that she was no longer confident with a needle. I should have gone with talking books.)
 I solved this by putting a note in the tin saying, “Look in the laundry”.
 And thwarting this by adding a motion sensor seems like overkill.