Fun with gift wrapping

My wife and daughter have learned to expect strange things when the unwrap their holiday presents. Clothes will never be in the boxes with the store from which they came, and they may not even be in a box at all. One of my wife's presents was in a rather attractive wood-tone vase, and another was inside a partially-filled tube of M&Ms (note that if you use this, the recipient may not open your present for days or even weeks).

But my best one this year was the copy of "Bullet in a Bible" that I gave my daughter (she didn't get to go the concert because of her young and impressionable mind, so this was the next best thing). I went to office depot, bought a ream of inkjet paper, took it home and carefully opened it (buy one with a paper wrapper if you do this, it will be much easier), extracted the paper, and proceeded to hollow-out an appropriately-sized section in the middle of the paper. Put the DVD in it, put it back in the outer wrapper, tape it shut, and wrap it up.

This was especially effective because it's not outside of the realm of possibility that I would give her a ream of paper. Perhaps I'll do that next year, and when she opens it, she'll just find... paper...

Have you done anything like this? Is there a website devoted to it?

Comments (8)

  1. Wow – I’m totally anxious for the next holiday! Or should I wait for xmas and go full-bore on the entire family?! I hope I don’t loose too many points for not originating such an amazing idea!

    I never think of such fun ideas!

  2. Jim Holmes says:

    My sister and I have had a decades-long running verbal joke which runs along the lines of:




    Years ago I wrapped up a bunch of boxes one inside the other, starting with something like a microwave box (think of the size of the first microwaves back in the 70s…) and finishing up with a small jewelry box. I had something like six or seven boxes layered inside each other.

    The contents of the tiny jewelry box? A slip of paper which said "What? Nothing!"

    I can’t remember if that was the year I woke up first, snuck out to the living room, dumped out her stocking’s contents and replaced them with charcoal.

  3. Thomas Eyde says:

    Not always fun. If your friends or family are into it, and you really give something they will care about, all is fine I guess.

    But when I was the age of 10, or younger, I got a box of chocolates from my grandmother. I remember I thought is was a strange gift at first, but then I thought: Wow. Candy. Not only candy, but grown up candy.

    I felt great. Until I opened the box and found a pyjamas. Then I felt not so great.

  4. Sander says:

    this is the custom in The Netherlands. Not for Christmas though, but for St Nicolas (Sinterklaas, not to be confused with Santaclaus) which is celebrated on December 5. So most Dutch kids get their gifts early in December and not Christmas. There are quite a few sites discussing the possibilities for "surprise" gifts. Unfortunately, they’re all in Dutch.

  5. Actually, this is hilarious. I want a ream of paper for Christmas!

    It is also funny because two of the best gifts I ever received have been from you (one is obvious, the other, not so much).

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