Guest Post: “Jack and Bri(e)” by Mia

November 20, 2009


I am very happy to present The Gifted Blog’s first guest post, written by my cousin Mia! Mia is a talented writer, currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Washington. Her emphasis is in poetry, and she is the associate editor for the Lantern Review, a new online journal of Asian American poetry. I could go on and on, but instead I will leave you with her inventive gift wrapping story!

“My husband and I wrapped this gift for two of our newest friends, Jack and Bri. We are relatively new to the Seattle area, and this couple has eased our transition considerably through their warmth and hospitality. When they invited us over last month to celebrate Jack’s birthday, we realized that we not only wanted to celebrate him, but both of them!

While brainstorming gift ideas, we realized that we had become friends with two people whose names were related to TWO OF OUR FAVORITE CHEESES! Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not. We certainly love our cheese.

We stopped by our local Trader Joe’s to purchase some whole grain crackers, a bottle of wine (which, we were told, would complement our cheese nicely), and most importantly, a block of Jack Cheese and Brie. I almost bought a piece of Pepper Jack, but decided that plain Jack was the way to go.


Gift-wrapping is one of my favorite past times, and creative gift-wrapping is even better. I pulled out my staple materials: a roll of pinstripe yellow paper from the San Francisco Wholesale Flower Market (I love it because it’s brown on one side, and yellow on the other), and two rolls of satin ribbon, one green and one orange. I’ve been using this color scheme for most of our presents lately because it fits virtually every occasion: birthdays, weddings, baby showers…


A few hours before the party, Mark set to work cutting out the letters of Jack’s name, and I began decorating the bottle of wine and disguising the labels on the cheese so they said “Jack” and “Bri,” rather than Jack Cheese and Light Brie. Several cute stickers from a Korean stationery store did the trick.

We then assembled the separate parts of the gift, loaded everything into the car, and tried not to giggle as we ascended the elevator to Jack and Bri’s apartment. We were a little worried that they had gotten the same present before, but were assured us that though the joke had been made, no one had actually given them actual blocks of cheese!”

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3 Responses to “Guest Post: “Jack and Bri(e)” by Mia”

  1. shawna Says:

    cute! i’m amazed at how creative both the gift and the wrapping are! the useful tip i got from this post was to buy yellow wrapping paper. i often run into not having event-appropriate wrapping paper (i think i’ve wrapped almost every birthday present this past year in christmas paper…)

    • thegiftedblog Says:

      I know, so creative!

      I agree that the yellow wrapping paper is a good takeaway lesson here. Before I thought that “staple” gift wrapping supplies should be more neutral, so it’s cool to see Mia’s yellow/green/orange theme!

  2. silverkeys Says:

    So cute! Love the wordplay.
    Mia & Mark, you are awesome. (Jack & Brianna, too).


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