Boss Doesn't Like To Use Grid - material-ui

Component I’m talking about: Grid React component - Material-UI (material-ui.com)

Hi, I had a question to see if there’s any opinions about this subject… Basically anytime I use the Grid component with material-ui, my boss doesn’t like it. He says it reminds him too much of when people wrapped their stuff in tables and it stuffs the dom. He would rather instead use padding to space items in a section (which ofcourse gives the middle padding between both 2x than what the top and bottom of the whole component takes.

Although I want to make my boss happy and not be defiant, I really see the advantage Grid provides (such as automatic spacing). I do agree that grid does stuff the DOM, but is there any way to get the advantage of grid but not use actual Grid?

Any suggestions on how to address this? I take great pride in my design.