The Gifted Blog

August 23, 2010

Wrap Story: Bottle Gift Wrapping

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!

Our niece's 2nd birthday was approaching, and we had a little t-shirt to send cross country. After reading about mailing unusually-packed (or unpacked!) gifts on Giver's Log, I decided to give it a shot.

My husband dutifully selected and drank a bottle of juice for me. After a little cleanup and surgery, it was ready to receive its contents!

I wasn't anticipating the cap being purple (yes, the unforeseen challenges of a gift wrapping blogger!), but was happy to find various orange and purple packing items in my stash. The t-shirt got a little bow, and the bottle was sealed off with decorative Japanese tape from my sister.

To complete the purple and orange theme, I used a remnant of a thank-you card to back the mailing label. Ironically, this card was sent to us long ago by the birthday girl's mom - possibly in response to last year's birthday gift. I silently hoped this would come off as a thoughtful gesture, not a symptom of a conspicuous paper hoarding problem.
The final touch? A paper medallion glued on the cap.

Personally, I usually hate mailing gifts, but at least for this one I enjoyed the process of embellishing the package! What about you? What do you do if you have to send a gift?

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8 comments:

  1. This is such a great idea! Looking through your blog I saw that you are full of great ideas... you are so crafty!!

    I found you through The Lovely Blogger List :)

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  2. Oh i love that idea!! I'm going to have to try that ...

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  3. woah, this is amazing! it can be sent just like that? how much was postage?

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  4. @OneCraftyFox - Aw, thank you so much, Diana! It was a first for me, but I'm definitely not the first to do it. Thanks so much for the 'Follow' button suggestion. I'll think about it!

    @dailyrunway - Yes! I would love to see your take.

    @Shawna - Thank you! The postage was under $4. We did a few things before it was sent:
    1) Put strip of packing tape over the mailing label for reinforcement.
    2) The post office requested a return address, so G added ours.
    Good question!

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  5. Adorable. I'd be lying if I said the gifts I sent ever look that cute. That's cool that you were able to actually send it as is too! I love that it's cute and green so to speak. How are you always so creative. Speaking of green, my grandmother has a huge fabric stash that she's slowly been unloading on me and my aunt. Any chance you'd be interested in a bit of it. Given how cute your gift card holder was I thought you could put it to good use. Email me and let me know!

    Also, I’m in the running for a recipe contest and would love, love, love your support if you have a minute. All you have to do is visit the following link and click that you like my video. I would much appreciate it. :0) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCkllXlndi4

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  6. So much sweet and adorable for any little things you've been making here. Great job and keep it up :-)

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    1. Mihn, thank you very much! It's lovely to hear from you and I hope you'll feel free to chime in anytime.

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