“Wrapping” the impossible-to-wrap Christmas present

“The excellence of a gift lies in its suitability rather than its value.” – Charles Dudley Warner

You have found the perfect gift, one that is completely appropriate for the recipient. But now you have realized that this gift is also an impossible gift to wrap.

Perhaps the gift is oddly shaped and does not fit in a box. Perhaps the gift is digital and not in physical form. Or maybe the gift is too big and doesn’t fit through your door. Here are ideas on how to easily “wrap” even the most impossible gift.

Strange Shaped Gifts

Some gifts simply should never have been wrapped. Try one of these ideas to properly cover up that odd-shaped gift.

– Gift bags are a popular way to wrap a gift in strange ways. Simply place the gift in the bag and cover it with brightly colored tissue paper.

– Lay a large sheet of wrapping paper on the floor, design side down. Place the gift in the middle and pull the four corners of the paper up and towards the middle. Close the top by tying the corners with a festive ribbon.

Gifts without physical form

Our modern computer age has brought a whole new challenge to gift wrapping, those gifts like e-books, downloaded software, or downloaded music. These ideas will turn your digital gift into something that can still go under the tree.

– Burn the digital gift files to CD. Alternatively, buy a USB stick or memory stick and copy the digital files to the memory device.

– Print the digital gift download instructions. Then buy (or make) a Christmas card and include the instructions printed inside the card.

Gifts too big to fit under a tree

For large gifts, you will need to find a “safe” hiding place. Some merchants may allow you to store the gift in their store until just before Christmas. Alternatively, maybe your garage or storage shed can serve as a good hiding place. You might even consider using a neighbor’s garage (and getting your neighbor’s permit first is probably a good idea!).

With the gift in a safe place, you can still “wrap” the gift and put it under the tree with one of these ideas.

– Use a Christmas card (or make one by hand or using your computer) and advertise the gift inside the card.

– Wrap a small object to represent the gift and place it under the tree. Try to choose an item that hints at what the present is without immediately revealing the secret. For example, you can use a bicycle tire pump to represent a new bike, a car owner’s manual to represent a new car (I think most of us won’t give such a big gift), or a house key to represent a new house (this requires some possession of considerable wealth).

So don’t let the inability to wrap a gift stop you from selecting the most appropriate gift for your loved one. Use one of these fun ideas to “wrap” and “under the tree” that gift.

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