Orange Cat Wraps est 2016

It’s always cool to receive a present, but it is especially delightful when something about it surprises you. Perhaps the gift itself is especially unique, or it is wrapped in a whimsical fashion. When extra attention is given to the experience, it conveys a warm sense of thoughtfulness.

I find it fun to play a role in that process, because it fulfills my personal mission to be a blessing to others. I aspire to help the giver and the recipient to have a more meaningful exchange, and am hopefully add a touch of art to the occasion.

The enterprise of wrapping for others started with one holiday moment. I needed to wrap a gift for my boss to give to his wife, and purchased the best paper and accoutrements I could find. Having leftover supplies, I offered to do the same for a co-worker who needed help with a present for his wife. Later, he told me that his wife had tears in her eyes when she held the package, as she “had never received a present so exquisitely wrapped” before. It made her feel special, which made him happy, and sparked the idea for me to offer my creative services to others.

I soon realized that my wrapping was a hit on a few levels. In addition to being a win for me (a creative outlet), a win for my helpers (we have fun together), a win for the giver (who perhaps dislikes wrapping), and a win for the recipient (who feels special), it also became a win for the community. I wrap for donations to my favorite community cause, the historic Miller Theater in downtown Augusta, Georgia. Amounts are not set; I accept and turn over whatever contribution is in the heart of the donor.

Ang wrapping with friends during the holidays

I hope that your next gift, whether given or received, is one that delights you. If I can be a part of that process, it would be an honor to enhance the presentation with a bit of creative adornment, and hopefully a little bit of surprise.