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The Perfect Combo: RED and GREEN

For this week’s Simple Gift Ideas entry, I’d like to share a very simple idea on how to wrap small gift items.

If you had read my post a few months ago about my hospital experience in China, you’d remember that I received much-needed help from the foreign faculty community of Sias and from Chinese students who have become my friends.

So at the beginning of the year, I gave those people, who had helped me in some ways, a small token of appreciation for all their help.

I gave them tiny candles designed as succulents. They came in different colors and designs. I can’t believe I didn’t take a photo of all of them before giving them away! Or I might have, knowing myself, but I just can’t find any among the thousands of photos in my archive. 😅



They’re very tiny so I had to make small paper boxes just to avoid the risk of breaking them while I’m wrapping them. I wrapped them using some kind of felt papers, I think. I used red papers. Then I used green ribbons to tie the ends of the paper together and to attach a name tag.

So they looked like these ones in the photos below.


Again, very simple. Nothing fancy, but I’m sure you’d agree with me that red and green always look good together. And I think the white tag added a nice touch to the red-green combo. 😊

So let me know what you think, will you? 😁

Have a nice day!

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Magic Mud Madness

For this week’s Simple Gift Ideas entry, I’d like to share something I’ve discovered and have started doing since last year.

This is like a DIY project you can do in your free time and give as presents later to family and friends. I use this air dry clay I get from a stationery store on campus. They call them 魔法轻轻泥 (mó fǎ qīng qīng ní) or “magic mud” here.

In my first “experiments,” I recycled old keychains I wasn’t using anymore and turned them into a “different” keychain made from “magic mud.” 

This was one of the first few I made:

B” is the initial of my friend’s name and “H” stands for my name’s initial. I gave it to her as a birthday present. It’s nothing fancy, as you can see, but she liked it. Well, she said she did! 

Here’s another one I gave to a friend as a parting present before she left China for good:


Later I ran out of old keychains, so I started using these colored strings:

This is something simple, but it requires time, patience and some creativity. But if you’re into arts and crafts and a multitasker, this is probably something you can do while watching TV or movies.

I hope you’d find this simple gift idea useful in the future.

I hope you are having a great week!

Thanks for dropping by! 

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Let’s Travel the World

This week’s entry for Simple Gift Ideas was inspired by a friend’s present for me last Christmas.

Not the TV, the one above it.

Although a TV is not a bad idea for a present, is it? 😅

Anyway, I believe they’re called Scratch Maps or Scratch Off Maps.

This is a good present to give to your friends who like to travel. Having this will make them see in a very tangible way how many countries they have already been to.

I haven’t been to other countries except my own country and China, as my map shows. So seeing this map on my wall everyday now reminds me that there’s still so many places in the world I’ve not been to.

One of my dreams is to travel around the world. I would like to go places, but I’m just not in the position to splurge on that for now. But someday, I will! I hope! 😊

So you can either give this Scratch Map as a present to your friends who like to travel because they would be thrilled to see how many places in the world they’ve already been to, or you can give this to friends who have not traveled much yet but hope to do so. I think it will serve as a motivation to them like how it’s been to me. 😁

Hope you’d find this simple idea helpful in the near future!

Have a great weekend everyone! 😊

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