The Gifted Blog

March 3, 2010

"Individually Gift Wrapped!"

A few weeks ago we had our friend S. over for dinner. He had two gifts for us that he wasn't able to deliver that night, so he came by the next evening to drop them off. I wasn't home when he came, so G. was the first to see them. "She's going to flip out," he told S. He was right.

I came home to THIS. One smallish paper dumpling in the living room, and one large paper dumpling residing in our freezer. I just about keeled over.

(He's Taiwanese.)

The small package held a football for N., and the large package was - you guessed it! - a bag of homemade dumplings. Accompanying the dumplings were some charming, illustrated instructions.

I asked S. how he came up with this gift wrapping idea. He writes:
So I was trying to discuss what gift to give you guys over the dinner table with my mom and [housemate] L. The conversation went like this:

Me:  What should I give Charissa?
L:  You should give her 5 eggs.
My mom:  What about the dumplings I just made?
L:  And they are individually wrapped!
Me:  How fitting! And I'll wrap them into a huge dumpling!
So yes, it was a group effort.
S., thank you for such creative and fun packages.

And as for the contents? Delicious.


  1. yum!! my mom is watering. when i first looked at the picture i thought, "that's funny! the wrapping looks like a dumpling." i'm excited to see that it actually was. how creative!

  2. Awww, S. & L. are so cute! (I was thinking for half a minute about who you were talking about, haha.)

  3. Hi Sha - Ha ha; I don't have the ability to edit comments, so the "mom" part is here to stay. I think we can all guess you meant "mouth", though. I don't think it would be an exaggeration to say they were the best dumplings I've ever eaten. : )

    Jessica - Good sleuthing! They are pretty great guys, aren't they?

  4. I love this idea - how funny and creative to wrap dumplings IN a dumpling!

  5. Oh! those dumplings look so yummy. Great wrap job by your friend. Very hungry now.

  6. From my mom (shared w/ permission): "and I love that gift - the wrap is outrageous; and the gift homemade and oh, so yummmmy looking...
    What a loving friend you have!!! inspired gift all around."

  7. Love these, esp the instructions! So cute! (And yummy-looking). All the photos in this post are great, but I esp love the first one -- you can see the unraveling twine and the crumpled paper and you know that it was made with love. :)


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