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May 26, 2011

How to Wrap Odd-Shaped Gifts | Reader Question

Readers, don your thinking caps! Beatriz from Sao Paulo, Brazil writes in with three odd-shaped gifts to wrap.

"[Here are] items for which I'd love to have some nice wrapping suggestions, preferably without making use of ready-made boxes:
1) an iron-forged body form (~16" x 6")
2) an ordinary soccer ball; and
3) a mixed-media vase (~25" x 10")"   --Beatriz




Beatriz will give the body form to her doctor in August, the ball to a little boy, and she is making the vase she described by hand. Very cool!

Readers, we'd love to hear what you come up with for one, two, or all three of Beatriz's gifts. How do you think should she wrap them? Tell us what you do when you have an odd-shaped gift to wrap.

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8 comments:

  1. Lol you don't want my suggestions. I default to the boring gift bag. But I'm curious to see what you and others come up with as I am sure you are far more creative than me.

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  2. An idea for the soccer ball comes to mind (as a modified version of an experience from my childhood). I remember when my parents gave me and my sister bikes for Christmas (an oddly-shaped present, indeed). They made a scavenger hunt with clues for us which concluded in the downstairs closet where the bikes were stored with a bed sheet draped over them. As a kid it was so fun and the suspense and curiosity built as we searched for our present! I can imagine doing something similar with the soccer ball.

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  3. @Kelly - No shame in that. Sometimes a gift bag is the best way to go!

    @Shawna - That's a great idea. It strikes me that part of the function of gift wrapping is to conceal and build suspense - two things that a treasure hunt does very well!

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  4. I have had to wrap balls for my 3 year old nephew. I have found that the best solution is to put them in a box. Firstly, the recipient will have no idea that they are receiving balls (the square or rectangular shape will throw them off) - plus the box is so much easier to wrap!

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  5. For the bodyform: how "concealed" does the gift need to be? It might be fun to "dress" the form in a creative outfit (or at least give it a nice bowtie/belt, scarf, or hat!) in lieu of wrapping paper. :)

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  6. I have a wonderful solution for the form and vase - my friend introduced me to gift gloss a couple months ago and I don't know what I did without it for those unusual shaped gifts. It's a tubular wrap - you'll love it. The only place I've found it though is on a website - The Foof Queens. Good Luck Girl!!

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  7. What comes to mind for the soccer ball is to wrap it in colorful netting or tulle and secure it on both ends with ribbon or some other fun 'tie' to make it look like a wrapped gumball!

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  8. @silverkeys - How fun! The bodyform is for a doctor...maybe it could wear scrubs? A hospital gown?

    @lucy - Great to hear from you! Love your idea.

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