If there’s one thing you need to know about my family, it’s that we’re all comedians. Sure, we may not actually be funny to other people, but that’s completely beside the point. We know that we are absolutely hilarious. And then, of course, then there’s the little detail about our particular humor – generally, it’s dry and sarcastic, with lots of word plays and a good dose of pranking mixed in. Because that’s totally normal.
I’m not entirely sure when the Christmas gift wrapping challenge started, but I think it was probably on my mom’s side. I remember one year as a kid when she wrapped a gift for my aunt (and I think she was still new to the family at the time…) in duct tape and then put it in a pylon and filled the pylon with cement. Like you do.
My sister and I have always enjoyed the unwrapping game, and we reserve one gift for each other that will be difficult to unwrap. It’s a bonding game really (are you buying this?) because there are several years that separate our ages so… yeah, I’m not buying it either. We like to be hilarious.
So this year I spent about 3 hours wrapping her gifts. I’m taking bets on how long it takes her to open her present. Leave a comment if you have a time in mind…
Unfortunately, the whole wrapping challenge started off a bit bumpy:
I had been planning to wrap her gift in several layers of clear packing tape, but I had run out earlier in the day. Time to put on the thinking cap. Luckily, I had friends who pitched in during the comments to help.
I first started out with a few cards. You know, because we have to have some decoys so that she thinks she’s opening the right one when she’s really not… And then I had to make a few more decoy gifts because, well, it’s just more fun that way. Especially if the decoys are hard to open because then it takes her longer to get to the real present.
One of my friends mentioned that her dad used to wrap gifts in tin foil. Of course that made me think of tin foil hats. So I made her a tin foil hat and wrapped it:
Now, I had these four cards, but I couldn’t let them just be easy to open. So I sealed the backs of three of them with Mod Podge:
Then I had the genius idea of making a gift that LOOKS like a card, but really isn’t. Plus, I had these Daddy Bucks from back when my parents were trying to get me to keep my room clean even though I loved to leave clothes on the floor. Tangent time: I used to take off my jeans and leave them right like that, so in a little puddle on the floor. Like flower petals. Each day I’d go to the same spot and then take one step away, you know, to make a really neat design? Yeah, my parents weren’t thrilled about the mess. One person’s mess, another person’s art? Anyway, back to the story… So I took a note card and mounted a Daddy Dollar on to it. Since my sister was born in the mid-90’s, she missed out on these early 90’s educational tools from my parents:
It’s only fair that she has her own Daddy Dollar. I wrote a note on the back, then stuck it in this book I thought she would like:
It was around this time that I started wandering the house to get more ideas. I happened to run across the unmatched sock pile. You know, the one in the laundry room that happens when people either don’t put a PAIR of socks in the wash or somehow one is eaten in the dryer? So I channeled my Integrated Civ class from high school and made a family of sock puppets:
Some of these decoys were becoming a bit too easy to unwrap, so I stepped the game back up by putting a gift in an old coffee can (said gift wrapped in layers of plastic, duct tape, and wrapping paper), and gluing the lid shut.
I needed more empty boxes. What’s a decoy that is actually a present? TOTALLY BORING! So I grabbed an empty box and a bag of gold tinsel that I had picked up at a thrift store for 25 cents. (PS – I really miss the cent sign. I want it on my keyboard. And not a code, but the ACTUAL sign.)
I am giddy with anticipation of her attempting to find a gift in all that tinsel…
I’m not a newbie, so I didn’t share with you ALL of the details here, but I ended up with this tidy pile of gifts:
Which turned into this:
This totally happened –
How long do you think it will take my sister to find the real gift? What’s your most creative wrapping experience?