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January 6, 2010

Wrap Story: Christmas Gift Wrapping Roundup

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!

I know what you're thinking: "I didn't know Charissa's dad had a twin!" Hee hee. Read on for a roundup of all my Christmas gift wrapping endeavors!

I gave Smartwool socks to my sister this Christmas. I was happy to find this slightly dressy-looking style so she could wear them to work.

Since I wrapped them at my parents' home, I took a look in the studio downstairs and found this gift box. I knew I wanted to put the socks in a box (instead of trying to wrap such squishy items alone), and this was perfectly suitable.

It's a nice box, made for reusing. It has a secure Velcro closure at the top. I kept the rest simple with a red paper ribbon and circular, metal-rimmed gift tag.

And if you can believe, it, here's the same box being used last year for a gift for N.! Here he is "unwrapping" it. I wouldn't be surprised if this box gets pulled out again at the end of 2010.

We got my dad a battery-operated razor for his frequent business trips.

Running on the novelty of wrapping a gift with a lump of coal on the top, I turned the box into a little replica of my dad...facial hair and all.

This was labor-intensive, but fun. I used my mom's spray adhesive to do the fabric pants. That stuff is great!

He ended up looking a bit flat, so I added arms and hands for dimension.

Finally, with a magazine page I had saved back in 2007 (also found while rummaging through the studio), I collaged a certificate for my mom.

My old bedroom is still full of my stuff, and for a gift I wanted to get it in better shape for hosting guests.

I used gold tissue paper and the "Band Collage" technique to wrap it and make the outside coordinate with the inside.

Remembering the (mild) controversy that the messy back created last time in the blog comments, I made sure to photograph it.

How did your Christmas gift wrapping go this year? Any lessons to remember for next year? Let me know in the comments!

Related Posts:
- Tutorial Tryout: Band Practice. More about the versatile technique used above, including a pointer from the artist who made it up.
- Wrap Story: Lump of Coal Gift Box I, and II. A gift box with a nod to Santa's naughty list!
- Wrap Story: Monogrammed Greens Box. Tickled by the idea of using a gift box from year to year? Here's another story of reuse, this time straight from the kitchen.


  1. My Christmas wrapping went okay this year! One thing I tried doing was wrapping a little bit at a time (just a couple a day). Since reading your blog I've also been better about hanging on to boxes when I receive them so that I can reuse them. I tried the pom-pom using paper that Crate & Barrel uses to wrap their dishes. I thought the paper was too thick & it was crumpled, but turned out alright. I also made herbed-oil & "wrapped" it by tying two fresh springs of rosemary. It was incredible how much more polished it looked from the upgrade!!

  2. Ooh, thanks for the report. I bet your herbed olive oil looked really nice - how smart to use an edible plant on an edible gift!

  3. by the way, i made many more pom-poms and people loved them. they thought it was some elaborate flower before they noticed all those target logos!


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