Should you spring for online gift wrap?

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- There are so many gift-giving occasions coming up - June weddings, Father's Day and graduations. You not only face the question of what to send, but, if you order online, should you spring for special wrapping?

Most sites don't give you a preview of their gift wrapping, so Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine checked to see just what you get. They ordered wine glasses from 10 big retailers, paying $3 to $6 extra for gift wrap.

"We thought we would see what you're paying for. Is it going look nice, is it going look elegant, is it going look festive, Or did you waste your money?" said Consumer Reports' Jody Rohlena.

The presents that were delivered ranged from chic to shabby, like a badly wrapped package from Sears and a worn-looking box from Amazon.

"This one did not travel well. It's just kind of like a sad little gift," Rohlena said.

Macys sent a pretty wrapped box, but you could see the gift through the paper! Crate and Barrel didn't use paper, just a big promotional ribbon and card. Target's logo paper was tasteful.

"It is very well wrapped. You don't see any tape anywhere, very solid," said Scott Nyerges with Consumer Reports.

ShopSmart also got pretty presents from Pottery Barn, with a luxurious ribbon and fancy tag. West Elm's box was simply beautiful.

"The overall presentation is just like, 'hey we paid attention to detail,'" Rohlena said.

The ShopSmart team also received tastefully-wrapped boxes from Sur la Table and Williams-Sonoma. Overall, it is worth a few dollars to make someone feel a little more special.

How about what the gift card looks like? ShopSmart editors found there is a wide variety in the quality, from flimsy paper from Bed Bath and Beyond to really elegant card-stock from Sur La Table.
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