The Gifted Blog

September 13, 2010

Wrap Story: Brown Paper Packages

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 friends T and L are expecting! Aren't they cute? Not many of our peers have kids yet, so we were especially excited to celebrate with them at their co-ed baby shower.

Books were special-requested, so we picked up two of our favorites - Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z  by Lois Ehlert and Hippos Go Berserk by Sandra Boynton. We read to N before every naptime and bedtime, and we haven't gotten sick of these yet (that's saying a lot). These two have stood the test of time.

I got major performance anxiety while preparing to wrap these presents. I had too many gift wrapping ideas on the table - a swaddling blanket wrap! a basket from their registry! wrap it in a map! wrap it in something else, then decorate it with a map! My husband patiently listened my insecure creative freak-out. Not one of my high points as a 'gift wrapping is fun!' role model.

Though I've snubbed double-sided tape in the past, this was one occasion I would have liked to try it.

Stressed, I scrapped every aforementioned gift wrapping idea and pared it down to my favorite kraft paper wrap. I ran my fingers over  each edge to make it crisp and defined. I kept the embellishments spare and playful: a little bow tie made with twisted paper cord (sent by a reader - thanks, Jantira!) and a handmade gift tag from my gift tag stash, secured with a strand of raffia.

And in the end, it's just gift wrap! Duh. It was a healthy dose of reality to go to the shower, drop off the gift and get to the real reason we were there - to have fun and celebrate with the mom and dad-to-be. Am I the only one? Have you ever stressed out over something you normally really enjoy doing?

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  1. i too love simple kraft paper, you dressed it up nicely with that fun bow! Cute books. I am always on the hunt for new books for the little ones so I added these to my "check out at the library" collection!

  2. l & t are so cute in that pic! i love brown bag as giftwrap. i think it's a classic look.

  3. @Kristen - Thanks! The colors are a bit muted so I was hoping it would come off as youthful and fun. I got a chance to visit your blog - so good to know it's National Yoga Month!

    @Bo - I cute. I kind of stopped putting pictures of the gift recipients in my posts, but I knew T would have a good picture.
    : )

  4. i love this muted wrap Charissa. Sorry to hear of your woes but I think it meant that you wanted to do a good job, and that's a good thing, right?

  5. @Michele Pacey - Aw, that's a kind view of the situation. I did want to do a good job, but I think my ego was stressing me out!


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