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Last Leg of Gift Wrapping 2012

Again, special thanks to my officemates who helped me collect brown paper bags from Ministop. Without your help, your gifts would had been beautifully wrapped using plastic sando bags. Haha.

Since the popsicle molds did not come with boxes, they were more challenging to wrap. I thought of using brown paper bags so I don’t to make a lot of folds. To prettify the bags, I added pinwheels which were very easy to make. If you have colorful paper, single hole puncher, scissors and fasteners, you can make a pinwheel in less than a minute.


If Aki did not try to help, I probably finished wrapping 10 popsicle molds in 15 minutes instead of 30.


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Gift Wrapping with Yarn

Isn’t this the girly-est yarn ever?

When I saw it in National Bookstore, it was love at first sight.  GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

I hope the little girls who will receive these gifts will appreciate the yarn too.


My go-to design when I am out of ideas.


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Cheap and Cheesy Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Guess who is trying to be a teacher’s pet? 


As I mentioned in a previous post, I was planning to give XXL fans to Aki’s teachers. So silly of me to think that those Donya fans will cost less than 100 pesos. I had to think fast and cheesy and cheap because I only had 15 hours until Aki’s last day in summer school. Tsk tsk tsk. Cramming is not one of my forte but I am quite proud of the gifts that I came up with. What I lacked in the budget department, I tried to make up for in my creativity and cheesy-ness. Haha. More on those gifts later.

For now, allow me to showcase my giftwrapping. If you have been reading my blog, you’d know that I love DIY creative gift wraps. Normally, I research and plan ahead of time. However, since Father Time was not on my side, I had to again think fast and cheap. Good thing, I remembered  Rianne and Irene‘s giftwrapping posts late last year.

For the wrapper, I used one of the artworks that Aki made sometime last March.  Or was that Feb? I had been telling myself that I need to throw out that giant artwork since it is not display-worthy. It does pay not to listen to yourself and be lazy sometimes.

For the tags, I copied Irene’s chalkboard idea. Sandpaper+colored chalk= cute gift tags!

Put the tags and the wrappers together, and tadah!

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Mother’s Day Gifts for the Grannies

How was your Mother’s Day celebration? Ours was tiring! I think it will take me three blog posts to document our celebration.

Anyhoot, while looking for gifts for Aki’s teachers, I suddenly realized that we did not have a gift yet for Aki’s grandmothers. Yikes! I had my eyes set on getting Teachers Jam, Joy and Tina oversized folding fans because they are perfect for summer. After seeing the price tag, I decided that my mom and my mother-in-law deserve the gifts more.

For the gift wrapping, I knew how busy our day would be. We would not have time to buy flowers so why know make the gifts look like flowers?! I made a  post last year on how to make flowers and pompoms out of Japanese paper in case you want to know how.

I love the tags. Actually, I thought of the tags first before finalizing what gift to buy. The idea was lifted from one of my most marvelous Christmas ideas ever. Last December, instead of the usual secret Santa in the office, I suggested that we have a cheap and cheezy exchange gift instead. The mechanics are simple. Think of the qualities of your “baby”. Then, think of objects that represent those qualities. The catch is that the gift should not cost more than 30 bucks. The gift need not be useful but it can not be meaningless. For my “baby”, who happens to be Rosie, one of my favorite people in the team, I gave her a small bottle of Maggie Savor because “mas masarap at mas nakakagana kapag kasama siya”. Cheesy noh?! I know and I love it. For our boss, we gave her a sock. Not a pair. Just one sock because “wala siyang kapares!”. Hahaha.

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2011 Christmas Gift Wrap: Recycled Wrappers

This is the the last leg of my series on gift wrappings for this year.

I could not sleep and focus for several days because I did not know what to do. I did not know what to do with the 10 electric toothbrushes that I got for my nephews and nieces. Wrapping the brushes individually was a major fail.

Buying brand new paper bags was the last thing that I wanted. I almost did. In my frustration, I got the most plain paper bags that I could find under the kitchen counter, designed them and put all ten 10 brush inside. The plan was to get the kids to line up as I hand them their presents one by one.

Lucky me, in Pasig where I work, plastic bags are banned every Thursdays. Stores give out brown paper bags instead of plastics. I had been looking for these bags. I searched for them in National, SM grocery and in the wet market. I could not find any. I found packs of paper bags in Edsa Central Market but each pack has 100 pieces.

Anyhoo, back to the Thursday-no-to-plastic-day, I overdosed on cavendish bananas from MiniStop just so I could get brown bags. Unfortunately,  Aki woke up early yesterday so I was only able to dress up these bags.

From our family to yours, we wish you  Peace, Love and Light

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2011 Gift Wrap Part II: Accordion Circles and Doilies

Here is the part two of my 2011 Christmas gift wrapping series. There might be a part 3 and a part 4, if I find time tomorrow to take pictures and cover more presents.

Accordion circles. I have been seeing these circles as party decors. I think they look pretty on gifts too. Whatchatink?

Dainty doilies. I did not have time to buy them so I asked my SIL to get some from me when she went to SugarKraft BakeKraft, CookieKraft, this baking store in Mandaluyong.  Since they are only made of paper, I was expecting that a set would cost about 20 or 30 tops. But no! To my surprise, as set of ten costs 90 bucks. Although I still wish they cost less, I am quite happy with how they make anything, even a crumpled brown paper, look so dainty.

I am sure there are other stores that sell doilies at a cheaper price. I will try to find out. If you have leads, let me know ha.

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2011 Christmas Wrap: Red, White and Brown

This post most likely has lots of typographical and grammar errors. It is 12:40AM, way past my bed time.  I promised myself I will post all my Christmas related blog entries before the 25th. Because I might be busier starting tomorrow, I will post everything now.

I was sadder than sad last weekend. What could be worse than death of a loved one? Two deaths in a span of 3 days. I so want to visit them but the lamay are far.  I tried to distract myself from my sadness by focusing my energy into one of my favorite activies, gift wrapping.

Because I want the gifts to serve as decors, I am trying to stick to a color motif and theme. I used craft and pattern papers and pretty-fied the gifts by adding red and white embellishments.

Contrast: Rich Velvet and Faux Pearls. My officemates got the pearls from Divi for only 13 bucks per string

Rickracks are my current obsessions! I want a giant rickrack and sew it on our wall!

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Master (Gift) Wrapper

Merry Christmas!

Where did 2011 go?! Seriously!

Last Saturday morning, I slept at 1AM because I was in the zone.. for gift wrapping! Our motif this year, is blue, green and red. The theme is recycled from Aki’s baptism, FRUGALICIOUS!

These are the gift tags that Aki and I made.

These were for the exchange gift.

Whenever I ran out of ideas, my go to style is the spider web. Usually, I use happy colored strings but I had none last week.

This was for Aki.

And these are for the daughters of my mommy friends.

Close up

I used  newsprint paper. It was only 18 bucks for 50 sheets. The ribbons and tags were made from construction paper. And for the big flower for Sophie’s gift, I used crepe paper.

In case you want to see, I posted last year’s gift wrappings here.