Wrap it for me
I have two left hands when it comes to wrapping. Hard as I try, I can't get those corners to bend in neat, straight folds. And if the gift I'm giving is anything but square, forget it. A first-grader could do better.
Not to mention that wrapping paper and all the accompanying accessories aren't cheap. When you buy a present for your office gift exchange, do you factor the gift bag and ribbon into the $25 spending limit?
In the spirit of the Divas' quest to keep your pennies in your wallet -- with the added benefit of keeping your fingers free of tape and paper cuts -- I've compiled a list of what local malls are offering in the way of gift-wrapping this season.
Some of it is FREE. Other wrapping services are being provided for donations, so your money goes to a good cause AND you don't have to make that last-minute run to CVS when you realize that your gift-giving experience is about to be ruined because you have no bows for your brilliant packages!!! Whew. Everyone wins.
International Plaza and Bay Street: Through Christmas Eve, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Bring your same-day IP purchases with receipts to the gift wrap center located in the Food Court. Pick from four different custom gift wraps, including coordinating satin ribbon, colored tissue paper and signature tags.
The Shops at Wiregrass: Dec. 13 and Dec. 20, from 4 to 10 p.m.
Westfield Citrus Park: Provided by LifePath Hospice near the center of the mall by the Starbucks kiosk. Starts Dec. 12.
Tyrone Square Mall: Provided by Hospice. Set up near the FYE Rejuvenation Station.
Westfield Brandon: Provided by the Brandon Foundation in the center of the food court during peak mall hours.
WestShore Plaza: Provided by the Salvation Army, which also gets all the proceeds. Gift wrap station is located between Macy's and Sears, near Ann Taylor Loft. Click here for the hours. Cost ranges from $3 to $6 depending on the size of the package.
-- Deal Diva Colleen