It has been a while since my niece Tubby’s seventh birthday but I finally get to post about it today. Her birthday was earlier this summer and today while writing this, I’m looking back fondly on the entire month leading up to her birthday- those sunny days where the days are longer, the sun shines brighter and the world in general seems to be singing songs of hope. It’s almost bittersweet because I know that it was the last birthday she will be in the same city as I am. Every year, I spent an elaborate amount of “thinking and planning and wrapping” gifts for my most beloved niece and go to her house to give it to her (mostly on the weekend after her birthday) and it is just dawning on me now that I won’t be able to follow this ritual next year.
While pondering what to buy for her, I noticed that for the last four years I had given her a book . So this year I wanted to branch out and add variety to my gifts and give her something else. I brainstormed a LOT and eventually I bought a book AND a girl’s top. See? Totally branched out.
I purchased toy pink polka wrapping paper and wrapped each of the gifts in them.
I was careful to place the fairy princess such that it was in the front centre of the gift.
I tried to do something similar with the shirt but it didn’t work that well so I just wrapped it normally. The wrapping itself was pretty anyway 🙂
I next cut out letters from coloured paper with her nickname and pasted them at the side of the fairy doll (on the book).
I coloured a Happy Birthday tag and stuck it in the middle of the shirt. After that, I covered each of the individual gifts in cellophane paper. After arranging the book on top of the shirt, the consolidated arrangement gift read out “Happy birthday Tubby”.
I, sensitized to the fact that my creative genius would get unnoticed when I placed it in a bag and the alignment I intended for it would get distorted , STUCK the first gift onto the second with blue tack. Hahahaha. 😀 😀
When I went to deliver it to her house, Tubby was busy with her Doc McStuffins theme birthday party with a hundred other children (I’ve been told that there were only 15 girls I’m sure they were a hundred considering the row) so I didn’t get a chance to hand it to her immediately and ended up keeping it on the sofa because I wanted to give it to her personally and all.
After a while, probably having guessed it was her present and losing patience, she decided to take the matter in her own hands and when the sofa was vacant , thinking that no-one was around, she opened the bag an inch and started to peep in it.
“Ahem”, she suddenly heard my voice behind her and giggling she released the handle of the bag and sat back down. “Hehe”, she said, “I like to be sneaky in gifts and food”.
(And food? I have no idea what that meant)
I hope she liked the gifts though.