You want how much for gift wrapping?

I don’t understand how gift wrapping an item can warrant a $6.00 charge. For one thing, gift wrap and its associated supplies really aren’t that expensive. For another, it doesn’t take a lot of time to gift wrap something. At $6.00 per item, given the fact I can neatly wrap an average of 10-15 items per hour, I would be making upwards of $60 an hour if I charged $6.00 for gift wrapping. Even if you factor out the cost of boxes, tape, and wrapping paper, I would still net about $45 to $50 per hour. I just don’t get it.

I ordered Miss M’s birthday presents today. Her birthday isn’t until April 10, but I don’t want to be late sending her presents again – she is quite punctual when presents for her are involved. In fact, because I was so late sending Christmas presents, she called me on my birthday and said, “Happy birthday! Where’s my wedding dress?” (We bought her the Princess Ariel wedding gown.) Nothing but tact for this little girl.

Anyway, I let my sister know that the presents are coming but they won’t be wrapped – and if she’d like, she can explain to my niece that her aunt is too cheap to pay someone to wrap them for her. Not that I should complain so much about the gift wrap, mind you. After all, I did find an online coupon for free shipping. But still. For the price I would pay for gift wrapping two items, I could almost buy her another outfit!


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