Making Christmas Personal
Gwen (Meredith Hagner - My Christmas Love) is a professional personal shopper who, when a pregnant colleague needs to slow down due to her pregnancy, takes on her client Charlie (Travis Milne - Summer Love), a widowed father of one who is also a workaholic. When Gwen starts doing his Christmas shopping for him she not only clashes with the stuck in his way Charlie but gets to meet his young son, Owen (Anthony Bolognese) and quickly realises that what Owen would love most for Christmas is to spend more time with his dad. Despite not getting off to a great start Gwen makes it her mission to bring out Charlie's Christmas spirit, with some surprising results.
A widowed father who is a workaholic, I think that maybe one of the biggest cliches you will find when it comes to TV movies. But this big cliche is matched by another as Gwen happens to be single and her sister is pushing her to stop working so hard and meet someone special. Those are the two main cliches in "A Gift Wrapped Christmas" and I bet you can see where this Lifetime Christmas movie is going, especially when you also have a young kid who wants to spend time with his father. But there is another cliche thrown into "A Gift Wrapped Christmas" as the father already has a girlfriend but of course she isn't really suitable as she is pushy and demanding.
As such I don't think I need to go in to much more detail as to how "A Gift Wrapped Christmas" plays out and to be really honest this is one of those Christmas movies which is all about the visual appeal. And it scores on the appeal front with Meredith Hagner bringing plenty of bubbly cuteness to Gwen whilst Travis Milne does a decent job of delivering nice guy who needs his priorities straightening out. And on top of that there is Anthony Bolognese who delivers that raspy voiced cute kid which fits well with the rest of "A Gift Wrapped Christmas". Toss in some nice festive seasons as well as decorations and it ticks the made for TV Christmas movie boxes.
What this all boils down to is that "A Gift Wrapped Christmas" is nothing really new and is one of those simple to follow made for TV Christmas movies which is as much about the look and the likeability of the cast than anything else.