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!
Japanese culture is big on the balance of giri (roughly translated as duty or obligation). If someone helps you, you help them. If someone is loyal to you, you are loyal to them. And if someone gives you a gift...well, you know what to do.
Thankfully, Baachan (our grandma) had anticipated this very situation. She took out a package for our cousin. It turned out to be a kit of Clinique makeup, totally age-appropriate, special, and a fitting present to return her generosity to us.
Maptotes on Love Forever, and the idea stuck. The deal was sealed when I saw Pasadena (our current and our friends' temporary hometown) on the Los Angeles tote bag.
I made some flower headbands for their girls out of felted cashmere and angora sweaters.
M. (bonus: California-grown!).
What about you? Are there other gift-giving practices you can share? What kinds of gifts (if any) do you take on trips?