Wanna hear something crazy? Like Gwen Stefanie bananas status?
My oldest niece graduated from high school this week!
Well....not crazy in the sense that she graduated....but crazy in the sense that she’s a freaking adult and getting ready to start life for realsies! AND crazy that it was almost ten years ago to the day that I graduated high school....
|That's the newest graduate there in the front|
but I digress.....
I wracked my brain for weeks and weeks trying to decide what gift I would give her and I came up with a whole lot of nothing. I asked around to other people to see if they could help....got nowhere. I asked her what she wanted, and her response was “Currency would be good.”
I know receiving money is pretty much always welcomed (unless you’re like Oprah or Bill Gates or something) but it’s just not my favorite thing. I really REALLY love giving gifts. I take pride in trying to give things that are personal and/or funny and creative. Money is none of the above. But as I thought about it more.....it really was the gift that made the most sense. It’s traditional to graduations (and I also REALLY love traditions so I’m convincing myself the gift isn’t completely sucky be playing this perspective up in my head) and she could really put it to use whether that be having the best damn final summer ever before heading off to college, putting it towards her dorm on campus, or saving it so she’s a slightly less broke Freshman. Money wins....but it’s boring. If the gift itself was going to be boring I needed to do something for her graduation that checked the creative, funny, and personal boxes. So here’s what I came up with…….
Like me, Katie is super into puns. We are punny gals. In a moment sitting at my desk at work the little lightbulb went off.... FLOURS!!
I would give her a bouquet of flours. Done. Boxes checked. Necessary self-fulfillment filled. Cool.
I completely winged it and it turned out for the most part. Hopefully I get to do it again someday and with one under my belt maybe it will turn out a little cleaner looking....but the overall process was pretty easy. I found the smallest bags I could of various flours and emptied them out. I knew that it would be way too heavy to be functional if I left them as is. I also didn’t think Katie would be terribly heartbroken without them. (pssst!….Kayday, I have Ziploc bags full of flour if you’re feeling gypped) I hot glued one of the bags to a skewer. This bag became the nucleus of the whole thing and I hot glued the other bags to that center bag. I wrapped the whole thing up in tissue paper and cellophane, tucked in a few artificial greenery pieces, tied a bow a round it and called it a day. It was really quick and easy.
I sort of figured she wouldn’t get it right away….and I was right🤣 In the hustle and bustle of handing it to her after the ceremony she just kinda looked at it. I asked, “do you get it??” She stared at it some more and shook her head yes. I said…”no…..you don’t” About another 5 seconds passed and then she yelled “Oh my gosh….FLOURS!!” I knew as soon as she got it she would love it….and she did.
My sister even captured this completely candid photo of her showing it to her friend
(Slapping theirs knees….ya get???)
I’d say it was a hit 😃