Tuesday 9 July 2013

Wrapping a large, awkwardly-shaped present for a man

My husband, Simon, celebrated a big birthday this weekend so we've been up to all sorts of mischief in our family (which means finding crafting time has been tricky!) My present for him was a fabulous new bike, which would have been quite a challenge to keep secret, so I decided to leave it in the shop and presented it like this:

This box was made to fit a photo of the bike, printed onto an A4 sheet of Whisper White card stock, rolled it up certificate-style and tied closed with ribbon.  "A long box, " said Simon. "Hmm, interesting. What could it be?"

The tag was made by stamping the doily image from Happy Day, adding a sentiment (retired) and punching it out with the Ticket punch. I tied it onto the gorgeous stitched satin ribbon in Midnight Muse and added it to the box. "Nice tag," said Simon and tore it off while I winced - will he never learn?!

"Is this a certificate inside?" he said and then, in a worried voice: "Perhaps it's one of those experience days like jumping out of an aeroplane... what if the parachute doesn't open...? Aargh!" He untied the ribbon...

"WOW! It's a bike!" he cried in an excited voice that held more than a tinge of relief. "Thank goodness it wasn't a parachute jump...!"

I hope this idea helps you when you have a tricky gift to wrap!

Presenting the gift this way gave us the opportunity to make a trip to the cycle shop on my husband's birthday, which upped the excitement levels for him as he got the picture first and then the real solid actual bike!  I booked a surprise lunch in a very pleasant little brasserie nearby too, so we were able to make a real occasion of it. We took off to London for a road trip for at the weekend to continue the birthday celebrations - though not on the bike thankfully!

Thanks for popping in to visit me today. See you tomorrow,


  1. Oh Vicky - what a spiffing idea! And so beautifully done too.

    Hugs, Di xx

  2. What a fabulous way to disguise the bike Vicky! Ha-i'm sure your husband was a little worried as to what the certificate was for-you really kept him guessing there !
    Glad you had a lovely time :)
    Nessa xx

  3. SUch a lovely idea Vicky and what a great way to present a gift...sounds like your Hubby had a great birthday...


  4. Fantastic idea Vicky and sounds like it was the perfect present for your husband. Men are so difficult to buy for. They never want/need anything!

    Kat xx

  5. What a great idea, and beautifully wrapped too.

    I agree about having some of the excitement, hope you all enjoy the rest of the week too.

  6. Fabulous idea. We're a family of last-minute gifters with lots of little scrolls nestled in our Christmas tree branches. This would take it up a notch for sure. (And I had to chuckle about your hubby's worry. MY dear hubby still has jump #2 of 2 to take from his 35th birthday gift...he turned 66 earlier this year!)

  7. What a super idea Vicky. Must keep it in mind the next time I get the husband an impossible wrapping gift.

  8. Simply brilliant - what a lovely surprise for Simon. Hope he had a wonderful celebration!

  9. What a fabulous idea, and beautifully wrapped! I felt I was 'there' because your description was so good! TFS xxx

  10. Now I jumped the gun a bit and assumed you'd wrapped a bicycle pump as the clue!! A photo is a great idea though :0)
    Love the gift box too :0)
    Jenny x

  11. Vicky your box idea is a fab way to disguise a pressie! Just brilliant

    Bev x


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