"If it is not wrapped, it is not a present."

I read that somewhere either last week or the week before. At first I dismissed it as some trite fluff masquerading as a deep thought, but ... (perhaps JJ's upcoming birthday is making me reflect on it a little more) ... it is growing on me.

I can't remember the last time we wrapped a birthday gift. It gets stuffed in a bag and covered with a bit of coloured tissue paper. I am thinking I want to wrap Jason's gift in at least two layers, maybe more.

(I think the quote comes from Crafty TV Writing: Thinking Inside the Box by Alex Epstein, but I am not about to reread the book to try and reference the quote.)

Image nabbed from here.


Barbara said…
I think most kids are far more interested in what's inside than how it's wrapped. Gift bags are sensible because they are reusable!

Of course you could wrap the birthday present in successively bigger boxes, like a Russian nesting doll...
buzybee said…
Hi Richard,

Your post title reminds me of the saying:

Yesterday is history,
Tomorrow is future,
Today is a gift,
That's why it is called "present".

How about wrapping yourself up and giving yourself to Jason? hehehe
Today, it is a real novelty to receive or even see and "real" gift wrapped present. I have to admit, those gift bags sure save me a ton of time at Christmas!

Is she still into Barbies? A crafty kit thing she can make like painting wood pieces already cut out. Michael's is great for this stuff!
A badminton set for the backyard?

tell us what you ended up getting.
Richard said…
barbara: I thought about that too, but I think it is too much effort to find fitting boxes. I remember my daughter's first Christmas, she was more interested in playing with the wrapping paper and boxes than the actual toys.

bee: if only I could, but I think he might guess from the size and shape. We should always try to make a gift of ourselves to others.

MOI: I don't think so. She did say would like a large stuffed animal, so I will probably get that for along. I already bought a bought he a Q&A science book (ooh, what a surprise) and will probably give her a bit of money as well.
SCIENCE book? Now why didn't I think of that! (HA! Yep...no surprise!)

I love buying stuffed animals for kids, especially if they don't have a million already. I only had a few my whole life but they were very special.
Richard said…
MOI: no, not really surprising. I always buy books. I like books that have facts or information. dinosaur books are good for boys (I think they are good for girls too, but, even in this day and age, stereotyping abounds and I am dissuaded from buying dinosaur books for girls)

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