Have you been nautical or nice? Take your present wrapping game to the next level

Throughout the years my dad and I have had some duke-out contests wrapping the holiday gifts. We aren’t just talking about fancy bows and ribbons here. Oh no…one Christmas all of my presents were shaped like pyramids, while all of his presents were in double duct-taped boxes. Yeah…it get’s real in Casa de Warneke.

This season, in an effort to be more sustainable and offset the gajillion holiday catalogs I have received in the mail (seriously Brookstone it’s getting ridiculous) I decided to go a different route.

Sacrificing a small stack of old Alert Diver mags, I wrapped this years gifts in an assortment of my favorite squishy creatures.

Deck the Halls with Bows and Tentacles…Fa la la la la lala la la.


Nothing says a ruined Silent Night for this macaques than the impending BOBBIT WORM OF DOOM!


We fish you a Merry Christmas…


…we fish you a Merry Christmas…


…we FISH you a Merry Christmas from this Astroscopus gattutus right here!


No sea-themed wrapping job is complete without an appearance of the West Marine 2016 Holiday Catalog.


And Wah-la! Presents as educational as they are fun to look at. Happy Wrappings!


Alex Warneke (111 Posts)

Alex currently resides as a Science Communicator for the National Park Service, where she inspires thousands a year to love the watery world. Alex earned her Masters degree in chemical ecology from San Diego State University investigating the effects of heavy metal pollutants on the chemical communication between organisms. In her “free time,” Alex enjoys convincing the public that Ecology is indeed sexy. With that goal, she is a strong proponent of unconventional science communication and extending the broader impacts of science to the general public using the outlets of film and social media. When she is not busy busting a move or filming her next rap video, she can normally be found frolicking through the California kelp forest.

One Reply to “Have you been nautical or nice? Take your present wrapping game to the next level”

  1. This is awesome! I’ve been wrapping gifts in alert diver magazines since I’m too cheap to buy paper, so I’m glad to hear someone else is doing some nautical up-cycling!

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