Here's another observation I wanted to pass along. Men will always ask a woman to wrap presents for them, if they can. I visited a friend recently who needed several presents wrapped. Naturally, he asked me to do it. I'm used to that. My father has asked me to wrap all of my mother's presents for years. Fortunately, she keeps lots of embellishments in storage. But my friend didn't have anything but wrapping paper. No ribbon, no bows, no tags, just paper.
If I was going to do it, I wanted to do it right. I wanted to at least tie all of the presents up into one big package and top it with a bow. But, I literally had no supplies with me. I wandered around his house, which has only the bare minimum of everything and anything, until I came across two of my own shopping bags. One of them had a decorative piece of ribbon attached. Score!! Necessity is the mother of all invention. I untied the rope handles of my bags, tied them together, and wrapped them around the gifts to create one big package. Then, I made a little bow out of that piece of ribbon. In the end, my package isn't half-bad...thanks to shopping bag scraps. It is so basic, but I love it when I'm forced to figure out how to make something cute out of nothing.