We have a fairly well-stocked little wine chiller. In the days of yore, read when I was not nursing, I rather liked my wine.
These days though the wine chiller lies rather forlorn in one corner of my used-to-be-study-is-now-laundry-corner. A good thing that has come from this tipple-less state of things is that we now often dip into our stock for gifting purposes.
This evening too when we were about to leave to visit someone, we got out a bottle of Australian Chardonnay 2004 vintage. Normally I am a huge fan of wrapping things in newspaper and then tying it up with twine or a red ribbon. Something like this:
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It's all eco-friendly plus I have matching newspaper bags left over from Adi's birthday party last year. This also meets the approval of the pintsized environmentalist who likes to wag his finger at me if I let the tap run for one second longer than I should and counts Reduce, Reuse, Recyle off his fingers at least ten thousand times everyday (teachings from summer camp, where would we be without you?) and insists that I get a shopping bag with the green triangle on it.
For wrapping a wine bottle though, I'd rather go all Martha and use some colourful paper or a piece of fabric. Something like this:
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By the way, for a first-class tutorial on an easy-peasy, lemon squeezy (hehe, yeh toh wine cooler ban gaya) way to wrap a bottle Japanese-style, check out this video.
Anyway, today there was no ribbon to be found in the house and the kids were getting antsy and we needed to have left ten minutes back. So I ended up wrapping the bottle in a bag from Cottons. I don't have a picture but know this, if you are in a time crunch and have kids crawling all over you and you need to wrap stuff, there's nothing to beat a Cottons bag. I shop there only for the bags. Kidding. Also, Cottons Jaipur doesn't have a website? Strange. I'd imagine that's the kind of place that should be shipping abroad all the time. Anyway, at least they have me, not least for the bags.
Do you have any fail proof wrapping secrets? Share, no?