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24 December 2009 @ 11:06 am
Not getting yet obviously, but wrapping! :)

I think i may have asked/talked about this before, but this time it's a poll! :)

Clearly wrapped presents have an "up" side, the side that faces up when you put them wherever you put them for display purposes. (Under the christmas tree, around the hearth, whatever.)

In my experience at least the up side is usually defined by one feature, it's the opposite side from the one where you taped the edges of the wrapping paper together.

So when people open presents my very limited observation is that most people (at least most people who don't just rip off the paper any way they can with wild abandon) flip the present over so they can get at its soft underbelly and rip along the seams.

So how do orient the present when you're wrapping it? So the front of the present will be face up when it's unwrapped? Or so the present will be face up while it's lying around waiting for christmas/birthday/whatever holdiay? We're presuming regularly shaped mostly rectangular presents here, obviously if they're oddly shaped or something the decision may be made for you.

Poll #1503126 Christmas presents

Which way?

Facing towards the seam - so the present opener will see what it is as soon as they open it
Facing towards the top - so the present opener may be confused until they turn it around, and i want to lengthen the suspense
Facing towards the top - so the present opener may be confused until they turn it around, and i just like causing consternation
Facing towards the top - because i'd feel bad about the poor present lying around on its face for days before it gets opened.
Facing towards one of the sides - Fight the system!
I disagree with your premises about wrapping presents, so this question does not apply to me
I disagree with your premises about oppening presents, so this question does not apply to me
Something else which i will explain in the comments
Facing towards the seam - the trap won't trigger properly if the package is upside down when they open it
Chaos Never Blinkssithjawa on December 24th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
I have often pondered this very dilemma, because I feel that the "top" of the present (on the outside) ought to be the same as the "top" of the present (on the inside), yet this means if the present opener opens the present grownup-style, they'll have to turn it around.

(In movies and things, they seem to get around this by having the kids tear the paper off presents without even picking them up off the ground...)
Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on December 24th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
I checked both because it depends a bit on the present. If the present (like a book) doesn't care about being upside down for a few hours (*cough*ahm*) weeks, I'll put it upside down so the opener can see the top first, if it does, then right side up.
Will Shipley: Ibianwillskyfall on December 26th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)

If I have a gift that is more "presentation" than present (i.e. a promissory, or a physical representation of a digital purchase, or wrapping trickery) I usually assume the person will open the package at the seam and wrap accordingly.
Madman Across the Water: Mugglemadmanatw on December 24th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
This is something where I know it's ludicrous but I was always taught to put the gift so that the seam is along the bottom, so that's what I always do. No real reason other than tradition.
balivatn: geysir fieldsbalivatn on December 24th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
I always open the edges and slide the thing out that way, so I turn the smooth side or top up so I can see the thing as it slides out. I've also seen Dan pop the seam part while keeping the smooth part face up.
Leora: ouroborosleora on December 25th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
You all apparently open your gifts wrong. You start at the seam and finish opening the gift on the other side, so when you actually see what it is, it's right side up. You're still unwrapping it when you're in the process of flipping it.
Laura Parkinson: Dollstormfeather on December 25th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
I clicked multiple, because it may depend on things like the type/shape of present, the remaining giftwrap I have left and so on. But usually I wrap with the seam along the bottom of the gift, because that's RIGHT.
Jenjadine on December 26th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
I pondered this when I was wrapping a fake gift card for my brother. (I gave him the real gift card he was expecting in another, hidden package.) I wanted him to see one side first, but I didn't know if he would open it neatly and see the "back" first, or just shred it and see the "front" of the tiny package.