Each year, our barkada holds a gift-wrapping contest on top of our Christmas dinner. The winner of the previous year gets to set the theme and judge the contest, and is therefore ineligible from joining. And for 2014, that person was me! 😀
Since it was my first time to win in the four-year history of our tradition, I didn’t realize it was going to be heartbreaking to have to decide on a winner, especially when friends began telling their stories on how they painstakingly made their entries. “Inumaga na nga ako eh…” “Nag-spray paint pa sya ng wires!” “Bumili pa ko sa iTunes.”
The theme this year was Flora and Fauna. I did want the theme to be as generic as possible to make it easy for everyone, but apparently, that made it hard for some to zoom in on a specific design or concept. (Our previous themes were Halloween, Circus, and Vintage; we didn’t have one during our first contest.) Nevertheless, everyone brought their A game and here’s the rundown (all photos taken without permission from Jill :-D):
This was my gift. As they guessed, I made the least amount of effort, lol. It featured two silver leaves, at which the rest cried, “Nasaaaan ang faunaaaa????” Heh. For one, everything I used was recycled, which makes it environment-friendly. Hey, I gotta have points for that. 😀
This was Giff’s gift. (Who by the way, wins Star of the Night and the Clairol Herbal Essences Award dahil sa haba ng haaaair.) It’s a shame that I only got the reference when I saw the photos. It’s the fox from the Little Prince!!!
So cuuuute. ❤ If he had the actual Little Prince in there, I would have probably given him the title, haha.
Nel totally thought out of the box with this culinary creation. He baked Groot cookies propped on a bed of Coco Crunch!!! A gift wrap you can eat!!!
This was Jolo’s gift to me. ❤ As usual, he and Gia kept saying they were embarrassed about their entry, but when they whipped them out, they looked wonderful.
The squeaking crocodile ended up as Tyri’s chewy toy, haha.
I also love that Jolo’s gift matched with what his wife, Gia, created:
An underwater flora and fauna, with everything made of clay! According to her, it took her until the wee hours of the morning to mold all of them, huhu.
Along with Giff, Jill makes the most elegant and polished gifts ❤
That’s a wreath she made herself, and inside those rocks (or they could be dinosaur eggs–it doesn’t matter, really) are jewelry!
What’s even more amazing is that you don’t have smash them to get to what’s inside; she actually made a perforated threading, so you simply pull a loose thread to zip them open. #ehdiwow
This was Pam’s gift. And seeing Tatin open it was absolutely hilarious.
That’s a beautiful farm vignette with real plants and soil. The gifts were buried under, which Tatin, with colegiala shrieks, had to get to by shoveling for a good 5 minutes.
I think Tatin out-Durterte’d Duterte with her invectives, lol.
Before presenting her gift, Tatin had to ask about the wireless speakers in the room. Apparently, her gift hinged on the background music.
Gia, the recipient, had to wait for her cue.
Inside was a lion doll, which she raised in the air.
*cue Lion King music
*cue permutations of the face palm, lol
Yep, she’s the one who had to buy something from iTunes.
If I had a runner-up prize, Coco’s would be it. I adored how it was simple and on-point, organic, and Pinoy, and different from the rest of the entries:
It had a tiny Kero Kero Keroppi eraser representing the fauna, lol.
But alas, I had to award the prize to Mark, who’s only on his second year in the contest. He took a lot of effort doing this, fashioning wires and spraying them with silver paint then lighting them up with romantic lights for this beautiful Christmas basket. The gift was wrapped in a lovely bouquet.
I think even Tyri agreed.
Congratulations, Mark! From the sound of it, we’re bound for a very interesting theme next year. :-O
Merry Christmas, everyone!