We’re going out ti dinner with three other couples tonight to celebrate one friend’s landmark birthday. It will be a happy evening of celebrating.
BUT her birthday is not the only thing to celebrate this weekend; tomorrow is Father’s Day. Since it’s June and our garden is in beautiful bloom, it would be a nice thing to do to cut bunches of rose bud stems, wrap them into cheerful nosegays and present one to each father.
Cutting done, thorns and spent blooms removed, they were each wrapped in moist paper towels. Now to finish the job with some masculine wrapping paper. It’s going great so far. No bug stings from wandering in the garden and no scratches from rose bushes. I go downstairs to my gift wrap box and look at my collection.
Masculine paper: hmm: what is a masculine gift wrap, what’s it’s design; what does it look like? Here is what I found. There were three rolls of gift wrap that were meant for men. One design was of English horns, rifles, and deer with huge sets of horns traipsing across the paper. The second was pipes, tobacco tins and large stuffed easy chairs. Finally the last paper, a design with flowers etched in black on a tan colored background. Is that what masculinity is? Is that what you think of when you consider the modern man?
If I were a designer for men’s gift paper maybe I’d show pictures of computers or men pushing small children on swings of gardens etched in anything but black. Or perhaps lawnmowers, large construction machinery and tools. Or uniforms. Something relevant to today’s world.
How would you design men’s gift wrap paper?