The Gifted Blog

April 11, 2011

Thank Zoo Very Much | Gift Wrap Story

This Wrap Story is part of a series documenting every present I’ve wrapped since the launch of The Gifted Blog. Click here for the whole series!

A few weeks ago we drove down to San Diego. G had an academic conference, and N and I came along to make it a family getaway. Our longtime friends J & S hosted us for a couple nights.

Our one plan for the trip was to go to the San Diego Zoo, and I had a feeling beforehand that our generous friends were going to treat us. Time to ask: what would Baachan do? (See story here on my grandma's gift giving prowess.)

Come prepared with a gift, of course! I found this awesome set of cards at Common Thread for our dog-loving hosts.

(Meet Titus, one of their two doggies.)

We had a great time visiting with J & S and immediately felt comfortable in their neatly-kept home. We were treated to lots of time together, a walk to the park, and a yummy pizza dinner. Then, unexpectedly, S came down with the stomach flu. On the morning of our zoo trip, she was in no shape to come, and J decided he would stick around to take care of her.

However, they'd just purchased a zoo membership to take us to the zoo (I knew it! So generous.). J drove an hour round-trip just to pick up the membership packet in person and give us their guest passes. We felt very taken care of.

And we had a blast! (Though we really had to goad N into smiling for the camera...j/k.)

I picked up an extra zoo map and brought it back to the house for a quick, tape-less gift wrap. (Gift wrapping nerd that I am, I had this planned this since before the trip.) I brought some wool yarn from home for an easy, non-wrinkling gift wrapping material to pair with the map. I learned these tricks from readers!
We had a really great trip, thanks to J & S. I was so grateful for their comfortable hospitality, and for all the ways they went out of their way for us. Have any of you been hosted overnight lately? What do you bring (if anything) for hostess gifts?

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  1. I love the idea of documenting so many presents. There are so many gifts I give that I forget about. Sounds like a lovely little trip too.

  2. @Kelly - Hi there! I'm sure that many people have considered themselves lucky to receive the gift of your cooking over the years.

    I've read some gift-giving guides that do suggest keeping a little log of presents you've given. Sometimes looking over them can prompt a new idea, or just remind you of favorite gifts to give when you're in a pinch!


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