This Wrap Story is part of a mini-series, documenting every present I’ve wrapped since the launch of The Gifted Blog. Click here for the whole series!
We drew names (or rather, my sister randomized a spreadsheet) for a Secret Santa gift exchange on my husband's side. I got my sister-in-law, T. (T., if you're reading, stop! And don't read tomorrow's post, either.)
I consulted with her husband for gift ideas, and he suggested some stores she might like gift cards for. Since we were traveling cross-country, this seemed to be a nice and easily transportable idea. G. kindly picked a gift card up at the store, and I brainstormed gift wrapping ideas.
I had this coal gift box idea from Martha Stewart in the back of my mind.
Cute, but complicated. There was a box template, but beyond that it involved papier-mache and glitter and other things I didn't have on hand. I set out to make my own lump of coal to use as a gift topper using an old shirt and a bit of crumpled paper.
However, when we got to Seattle (our first stop on our family Christmas trek), I told my family my idea. "Why don't you use a real lump of coal?" my dad asked. He's funny like that.
I covered a box with some decorative paper and hot glued the coal to the top of it.