I haven’t been here for a while other than lurking, but I thought you might be willing to help me out on this. My best friend has been longing for a Kitchenaid mixer, but it is beyond their budget. I helped her husband find an older Artisan for $50 and he is giving it to her for Christmas. This is one of her dream gifts, and they have never spent a lot on each other, so it will be a complete surprise. I get to wrap it and I can’t decide how. So far I have three ideas:
1. Just put it in a box and wrap it in pretty paper.
2. Place the box in a larger and larger box, so she is thrown off, expecting the boxes to progressively get smaller only to open the third to find the mixer.
3. Wrap it and attach something baking related (spatula/cookie cutter, etc) with the ribbon.
She is a Mom and never gets anything elegantly wrapped, so I lean there. What would you do?
What a great friend you are:) And isn't it great you (& he) were able to find such a buy.
.......... Place the box in a larger and larger box, so she is thrown off, expecting the boxes to progressively get smaller only to open the third to find the mixer..........
This is my choice. And wrap that box sooooo elegantly one could not think of anything but the wrappings. Maybe even wrap the 2nd & 3rd boxes elegantly too. Keep her guessing. BUT.....won't she be thrown off by the weight of the whole pkg'ing? I mean, it's heavy, so she is going toknow it's not progressively smaller boxes for a small gift :)
Well, the weight will probably throw her off, but I’m counting on the fact that they couldn’t possibly afford a KA to keep her from suspecting.
One Christmas I gave both my sisters Cuisinart Food Processors. One sister was hoping for one, but the other had never mentioned it, although I knew she would love it too. I wrapped both gifts the same, but hid the one for the unsuspecting sister behind the tree so it could not be seen. When sister # 1 opened hers and was thrilled to death, sister # 2 had a really sad face and said she had always wanted one. At that point, I took her present from behind the tree and made her dream come true! It was perfect. My point is that you might consider wrapping it beautifully and hiding it until she thinks everything is over, then surprise her.
Big hugs to you and her husband for giving her a special Christmas!
I don't know how to wrap it -- but I LOVE this story!!! sweetest ever!!! beyond way cool
You could do a series of numbered gifts for her to open. The first could be a spatula, then wrap each beater seperately, then the bowl, and last the mixer. She would have to open them in order. He could even hide the wrapped mixer so she still wouldn't have a clue. Just a thought...and how blessed she is to have a friend like you!
Cutover, that is a cute idea, but wouldn’t work for her. She has been drooling over a Kitchenaid so long that she would recognize even a beater!
Thank you K8memphis. I remember what it’s like to long for one and just “know” it’s completely out of reach.
SandraSmiley, that was a great story! I can’t do that because she already knows I helped her hubby pick out her gift. As a matter of fact, she already asked me if she would like his gift because he has an awful record! I told her I was pretty sure she’d like it.
It doesn't matter how you present the KitchenAid, kathik, it is going to be her best Christmas ever anyway! You must give us a follow up after Christmas!
Put a bow on it. Hide it. Bring it out as a surprise. (Those suckers are too heavy to wrap....)
SandraSmiley I definitely will follow up.
Apti, there is nowhere to hide it at her house. I’m keeping it at mine until late Christmas Eve. I have decided how to wrap it though. I have a big shipping box to use and I am going to cut down the two corner seams on one side (most of the way) and then when I wrap it I will put a ribbon tab at the bow so when she pulls it, the side will come down all at once. I’ll post pictures closer in after I wrap it.
Sounds like a brilliant idea, kathik! What a fun surprise in which to be involved! Thanks for sharing it with us.