The Gifted Blog

August 16, 2011

Aloha Socks | Gift Wrap Story

N and I spent a chunk of time in Seattle as a part of our trips 'home' to see family. Our trip coincided with my brother-in-law's birthday, so I requested his wish list from my sister the week before. We weren't able to swing the Shiba Inu at the top of the list, but new athletic socks were ably procured at Costco.

I wondered how to wrap this birthday gift in an interesting way. Soft shapes are the hardest to wrap, and I wasn't keen on trying to wrap them as they were already packaged. Then it hit me. A lei! Brother-in-law A is from Hawaii, and after seeing different iterations of candy leis as graduation gifts, I was eager to try the technique myself.

My wonderful cousin (and reader - hi M!) gave me a ball of yarn she found in a curbside 'free box'. Since it was already in my suitcase, I used this vibrant yarn and a length of plastic wrap to wrap the socks.

I rolled each sock, lined them up on the wrap, then rolled them to seal the plastic. I knotted the ends of the plastic wrap and tied yarn bows between each sock. We were vacationing with my extended family and I got some amused looks (and confused my grandma in the process).

My family joked that they looked like onigiri (Japanese rice balls).

A has such a fun and buoyant personality and graciously received our absurdly wrapped gift. We love you, A!

Wrapping socks in food-grade plastic was definitely a gift wrapping first for me. But it was a hoot! Can you think of other gifts you could wrap as a lei?

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!

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  1. That is great! I like this "tongue in cheek" wrapping of yours, Charissa. So fun!

  2. @Michele Pacey - Aw, thank you, Michele! I was just telling my husband about you and your blog last night. I really appreciate your support here. And yes, it was a blast to gift wrap in a way that bordered on a practical joke...but a loving one, of course.
    ; )

  3. Hi Charissa!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday and leaving a comment. To say I LOVE your gift wrapping skills would be an understatement. You are so gifted (no pun intended). I can relate to the blog being a labor of love. I feel the same way about Fancy House Road.



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