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how to wrap a gun up for christmas

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  1. mptrimshop

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    bought my dad an 11-87 for Christmas(his 1st gun :) ) and now i have to try and wrap it up so it isn't a dead give away under the tree. Any advice....Pics would be nice
     
  2. Tim the student

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    Take the barrel off, and put it in a box that is a good fit for those two items?

    A roof rake box will definitely hide it, and be a nice surprise when he opens it, but will will likely be bigger than gun size.
     
  3. mptrimshop

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    not a bad idea...... thing is ... i really don't want to buy a roof rake...just 4 the box
     
  4. Grassman

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    Make two gifts out of it, wrap the barrel and receiver/stock separate.
     
  5. Tim the student

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    Maybe a box that they put coats or jackets in when you buy them would work with the barrel removed.

    Sure you don't need another roof rake? Everybody needs a good roof rake or two, right? :D
     
  6. lions

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    Maybe find a refrigerator box to stand it up in. You could tape it into a corner so it won't fall over or rattle around. Really any large box will do, whatever you can find. I would go with bigger is better.
     
  7. Dokkalfar

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    separating the parts is a good idea (at least the barrel)

    Then box it in the smallest box it'll fit in. Put that box in a bigger box. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. ;)

    Or, just get any box big enough to hold it, but make sure its a mostly square-ish box. Uhaul sells tons of em. just make sure you package it all so its not rattling around and something breaks
     
  8. Cuzzin

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    Take a picture of it and put it in a card with a note that you will trade the picture for the real thing - maybe add a couple things to add to the trade like he has to sing "It ain't easy being green" (Kermit)...
     
  9. memphisjim

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    i did this once
    i cut 2 large semi circles out of cardboard
    and attached to box so it looked like a crossbow
    just make sure gun is cooler than crossbow so it isnt a disappointment
     
  10. brboyer

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    If your dad enjoys and little mystery or a treasure hunt, try putting it somewhere then write up instructions or a map to locate it. Put this in a box, maybe inside another box, that is inside another box. Or one clue to another clue to another. Be creative.

    I did something similar a few years ago for my mom.

    She was recovering from shoulder surgery, she was a little down because she could not get around much. Needed a little pick-me-up.

    She's in Green Bay, I'm in Florida. She's always enjoyed poetry, puzzles and mysteries. And her favorite snack in Pecan Sandies. (bear with me)

    So I sent her a locked box with no note or anything. Inside was a box of Pecan Sandies.
    A few days later I mailed her a mystery poem: An intricate affair involving family members, dates, vacation memories, and some historical references. All very personal stuff that only she would understand. Once solved, it would tell her what was in the box, but not where the key was. She had to further analyze the entire mystery to decipher where the key was.

    She had a blast, I think she said she spent like 40-50 hours trying to solve it, over a two week period. Well it sure took her mind off her recovery. That was five or six years a go and she still talks about it.
     
  11. SiRed91

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    cut a nerf football in half and put the gun inside,,,,then wrap

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    Im guessing now its a rifle? lol....better be a big football
     
  12. musick

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    brboyer and Cuzzin have some great ideas IMO.

    Another suggestion: place it (fully assembled) in a length of PVC piping w/ end caps.

    Might appear to him as a map or poster.
     
  13. Vonderek

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    Go to a UPS store and buy a box...they have various sizes.
     
  14. SiRed91

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    pardon my n00bishness what is an 11-87?
     
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    I am known to be a complete PITA when it comes to gift giving. If it's something really special they have to go through quite a bit to get it. I'm a big fan of the puzzle hunts. Also a big fan of fake gifting, ie giving a friend a harley davidson collector pins set in a empty midol box. I would do something like finding an empty airsoft rifle box... ask around at flea markets or toys stores. If you have friend's with teenaged kids who knows what you can come up with.

    Remember most people very often remember how they got a special gift and using the gift.
     
  16. MrCleanOK

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    My family does big stuff by hiding the gun, fishing rod, etc. in the garage, attic or closet. The "gift" under the tree is just a box with a note inside that says "go look in the garage".
     
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    I think it's a gun. ;)
     
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    You could just take the easy way out.......drop it in a gift bag, and stick some tissue paper over it.
     
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    Run it up the tree and zip tie it to the trunk. Give him a card with a pic of the shotgun and tell him to look in the tree. :)
     
  21. Doggy Daddy

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    Pad it with lots of newspaper, wrap with wrapping paper, leave a very obvious umbrella handle sticking out of one end.

    DD
     
  22. ArfinGreebly

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    Concrete Pour Forms

    Last year I gifted a BAR (.308) to my son-in-law.

    I went to Lowe's (any hardware chain should be fine) and picked up a concrete pour form tube for aboout $6.00 (six bucks).

    I took the rectangular box with the rifle in it, taped some paper towel tubes across the ends to brace it in the concrete form tube, and then wrapped the tube.

    Here's the result:
    2008_1225-Xmas001.jpg


    . . . a little closer . . .
    2008_1225-Xmas024.jpg


    . . . as he opens the tube, you can see the brace across the end . . .
    2008_1225-Xmas035.jpg


    . . . following which, he slides the rifle (in its box) out of the tube . . .
    2008_1225-Xmas037.jpg


    . . . here he's removing the brace piece from the end of the box . . .
    2008_1225-Xmas039.jpg


    . . . after which, he removes the actual BAR . . .
    2008_1225-Xmas045.jpg


    I don't know if that helps, but it worked well for me.

    :)

     
  23. leadcounsel

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    Go to a jewlery store and get an extra small box. Wrap 1 lone shotshell in it. Put that under the tree. When he opens it, you go to the other room and bring out the shotgun with only a bow on it.
     
  24. PT1911

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    +1 on what Leadcounsel said.
     
  25. Jorg Nysgerrig

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    Yep, I was going to go the way leadcounsel mentions, except I was going to suggest wrapping up the manual.
     
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