Gift Wrapping Conundrum

Sometimes the differences in French and American ways of doing things just seem to pop out of nowhere and bite you where it counts. I really was not prepared for the fact that it is virtually impossible to purchase an empty gift box anywhere in Paris. (I am hedging a bit here because although I am worn out from tromping all over town following false leads, I’m quite confident that some savvy reader is going to set me straight. Quite frankly, I hope they do. It won’t help me at the moment but I’ll take the tip for later.)

Why? Because when you buy anything in a nice shop in Paris, the clerk pretty much always asks if it is for a gift. If you say yes, he or she will then pull out the tissue, the special stickers, the gift bag, the ribbon, and that little something you just bought suddenly becomes a work of art. If you say no, you’d better not be thinking “I’ll just wrap it myself,” because gift wrapping supplies are either a) low quality, b) extremely expensive, c) boring or d) all of the above.

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3 Responses to “Gift Wrapping Conundrum”

  1. Comment by Carolyne | 12/24/08 at 12:40 am

    I think I’ve seen cartons of various sizes in the craft section of BHV that could be used as gift boxes. Wrapping paper can also be bought there as well as in Monoprix. I didn’t think the choices for gift-wrapping in France differed too much from what’s available in Australia, so maybe there’s a much bigger range in the US!

  2. Comment by Carolyne | 12/24/08 at 12:40 am

    I think I’ve seen cartons of various sizes in the craft section of BHV that could be used as gift boxes. Wrapping paper can also be bought there as well as in Monoprix. I didn’t think the choices for gift-wrapping in France differed too much from what’s available in Australia, so maybe there’s a much bigger range in the US!

  3. Comment by Danielle | 11/12/12 at 12:54 pm

    Nice post which the differences in French and American ways of doing things just seem to pop out of nowhere and bite you where it counts. I really was not prepared for the fact that it is virtually impossible to purchase an empty gift box anywhere in Paris. Thanks a lot for posting.

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