I enjoy wrapping presents, but I sometimes get tired of doing it the traditional way. (Why do I have to conform to what is “normal”? Plus randomness is fun, as evidenced on this blog.) Also, one of my pet peeves is when people are able to easily guess what is wrapped. When I wrap presents, particularly for my brothers, they aren’t going to guess what’s it in. I’ve employed various techniques to disguise it, such as including rocks, pennies, bricks, pine cones, etc., inside the box. And of course, the box should be one other than what the actual gift came in. You want to vary the size, weight, and sound it makes. There’s no anticipation if they already know what it is before opening it.
One year I put pennies inside a hard plastic case inside the main box, so when the present was shaken, it would make a crashing sound that happened after the normal sound, so it sounded like it was broken. 🙂 I’ve also made presents exceedingly difficult to open before, using numerous packagings and duct tape. Some of my presents cannot be opened in under a few minutes. That helps people savor the moment… 🙂
But beyond disguising it, I like to make it look unique. One thing I’ve started doing is saving the scraps of wrapping paper from other gifts to use on one package. Last year I did this on two different presents, which are displayed below. (Click the images for a larger picture.)
Hopefully this inspires you to be more creative with your wrapping this year. But a quick word of warning: not everyone appreciates this “art” the same way. It seems to work better on brothers and male friends, rather than parents, grandparents, and in-laws.