The Gifted Blog

March 28, 2011

Gift Wrapping Zine to Help Japan

Especially in writing about furoshiki all last week, I have been thinking about Japan as the nation recovers from natural disaster. I am so glad my family and friends there are safe, but have been wondering how to help.

Amazingly, I came across a gift-wrapping-related way to support relief efforts in Japan. Talented Australian artist and graphic designer Ebony Bizys self-published the Hello Sandwich Gift Wrapping Zine late last year. She is donating proceeds from the PDF version of the zine to the Red Cross to help survivors in Japan!

As you can see, it's really beautiful. Ebony lives in Tokyo, and the zine is rife with Japanese influence and aesthetics. Hard copies of the zine retail for $18, but the PDF version is just $5. You can preview the Hello Sandwich zine here, and buy here to receive the PDF and help Japan!

EDIT: I just found out that Ebony's Paypal account is shut down and the PDFs are not available! Such a bummer - I wish I'd posted about this sooner! Will let you know if and when they become available.

Thanks, Ebony. This is a beautiful merging of creativity and compassion. Have you seen any creative ways artists have helped during times of crisis?

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{Images via Hello Sandwich}


  1. This is adorable. Thanks for sharing! It sounds like a great thing for such a good cause. That confetti bow is especially cute.

  2. @Kelly - My pleasure. It's been inspiring to see the ways the blogging community has responded to Japan's crisis.

  3. Omg this is perfect.. this would look great as a boy tie for a little boy.. We have been keeping an eye out for cute things like these for our little guys first birthday and this just might be the thing. Love it!

  4. @henzy - Hi Hena! Thanks for your comment. I've seen so many gift wrapping ideas over the course of writing this blog, but Ebony manages to give a fresh perspective that is very much her aesthetic! Let us know if you end up making those bow ties!


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