The Gifted Blog

May 2, 2011

Gift Wrapping on the Go | Gift Wrap Story

Ever read my About page? While I encourage readers to use The Gifted Blog as a resource to avoid stressed-out, last-minute gift wrapping, that doesn't mean it never happens to me! (See one of my coping mechanisms here (last question).)

Though we'd never met his parents, we were graciously invited to the 3rd birthday party of N's buddy from day care. We called in a very last-minute RSVP and decided to pick up a gift on the way. (Actually, I decided. Didn't want the shame of showing up empty-handed...evidence of my Japanese, face-saving roots.)

I prepped this kit for gift wrapping on the go: tissue paper, gift bags in two sizes, a length of recycled sari ribbon from Darn Good Yarn, and a letterpressed gift tag courtesy Krank Press. With this kit, I hoped I was prepared for anything.

We swung by the closest Gymboree and bought a kit of their Bubble Oodles and a bubble solution refill. We use these in Sunday School at church and they're a great gift idea for kids, in my opinion. Like magic, they stay intact when they land, giving little ones a bit longer to get to them so they can pop them themselves.

I blacked out the price tag on the bubble kit with a ballpoint pen but would've needed a permanent marker to do the same on the shiny label of the bigger bottle. Note to self: next time, take a Sharpie or sticker to cover the price! I wrapped the gifts in tissue and used the sari ribbon and gift tag to dress up the gift bag.

Doubt that yellow/purple/teal is the next big color trend for boys...but whew!! Done and done.

We arrived to find a very fun collection of party guests and entertainment by none other than Arthur Nakane, one man band extraordinaire. The birthday boy had first seen him perform at the Farmer's Market.

N appreciated the music from inside and did a little back-up percussion.

In the end, the gifts weren't even a big deal, and we just basked in the party spirit! It was really fun to finally meet the parents of some of N's day care peers. Have you ever stressed out about a gift, only to find that you shouldn't have?

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


  1. I love that you whipped that out last minute, and yet, it looks classically beautiful none the less.

  2. @Kelly - Oh, Kelly. You're very kind. Thank you for all of your support!

  3. Had we contribute to the gallery? hahaha
    Thank you for your comment, you have a lovely blog!

  4. @Sara&Eva - On Flickr, yes! Appreciate your participation. : ) The recent party photos on your blog are so fun! I'm not much of a party-planner but that is really something to aspire to.


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