You waited in line while the kids saw Santa. You made your list. You bought all your presents. You even got something for the gift exchange at work.
Now what? You have things for a dozen different people, all shapes and sizes, and now the thought of searching your house for tape and scissors makes you want to hide in a corner.
If only you had someone who could lend you a helping hand — someone who could take that weird-shaped box that has just the right present for Aunt Vicki and wrap it in a way that doesn’t look like you let your 6-year-old experiment with origami.
That’s where holiday gift wrappers can be the best thing about the season. And even better than having someone take the paper cuts and curling ribbon struggles off your shoulders?
Knowing it’s all for a good cause.
Some local stores work with non-profit agencies to help provide a little extra service to shoppers, while giving the groups a chance to earn some money at the same time.
At the Nittany Mall, wrapping services are provided by the local American Red Cross. The mall office said those wrapping-paper wizards will be on hand for much of the season between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
Across the street at Barnes and Noble, the charity-staffed wrapping table will be manned by a rotating roster of local groups. Management said last year’s schedule was filled with school groups, arts organizations and more — many sessions were held at the same time as other events the groups were involved with at the book store, like book fairs to benefit schools.
The Barnes and Noble wrappers don’t charge a fee for their services, but rely on donations and tips from grateful shoppers.