Today was the day I finished my Christmas shopping. Still plenty of time before the big day, too!
I managed to find some great photography books with Japanese captions at a small book store in Richmond, as well as a little something I thought Reiko might enjoy. At the same time, I had my specs fixed (the left lens had developed a pretty noticable crack) and even managed to find the perfect suitcase for my upcoming trip.
While at the mall, I happened to find some pretty cool wrapping paper. There were two patterns that I really liked, so I purchased a roll of each. One is metallic red with some felt-like paper on it, and the other is a nice metalic red with a star pattern. It seems that in the last six or seven years since I last celebrated Christmas there have been many changes to the art of giving gifts...
Wrapping presents is something that I've never been really good at. Typically, whenever I'm presenting a gift that means something, I have a store wrap it for me. It's not because I'm super lazy (per se), it's just that I can't wrap a gift in any presentable manner.
When wrapping today, I came to the realization that I should have probably found a gift-wrapping station at the mall and asked them to do it. I don't think I managed to get one package done properly.
I've seen how people do it. I've listened to their tips and tricks. I've even done "practise runs" to make sure that the finished product is presentable and attractive. All for naught.
Reiko is likely going to keep the wrapping paper as well as the contents, as both are considered gifts in many Asian nations. This means that she'll see all the folds, the refolds, the unfolds and the "oops" folds that I managed to make. Sure, it'll be good for a laugh, but I wonder if she'll let me wrap presents in the future?
Maybe I should have just gone with gift bags ...