On the Angel Tree Package

I mentioned a few days ago that I was putting together an Angel Tree package at the office. I talked about that here.

Tonight I finished wrapping the thing, and tomorrow I’m going to take it to the office. MY work will be done.

The tag I picked off the tree was for a seven year-old boy. He wanted LEGO, cars, and wrestling men. The tag also indicated his clothing sizes.

I set myself a budget — 40 dollars. I came in under that budget.

The hardest thing to find turned out to be the first thing I settled upon. He wanted LEGO and cars, and I thought that Hasbro’s KRE-O Transformers Optimus Prime (small size, not the big size) would be pretty cool. It’s knock-off LEGO, true, but it’s also really well made. I should know, I have one at the office; Optimus has teamed up with the Cybermen to oversee their conversion complex. Anyway, it took some hunting to find this, which surprised me because it used to be everywhere.


I bought some more knock-off LEGO. These Best-Lock car sets were two dollars each at Rite Aid.


However, don’t think he wasn’t getting some real LEGO! Target offered this LEGO Batmobile set for four dollars, and I picked up a Batman action figure, too. Kids like Batman. 🙂


I also picked up some Spider-Man stuff — a puzzle and some flying discs — at Dollar Tree:


He could use clothes, so I picked up two shirts at Target. I don’t know what colors work for him. I picked colors I would wear.


And he could use some reading material, too! I had two copies of this book for some reason. I suspect I received one at the office for some reason or another. In any event, he can give it a good home. It’s LEGO, it has a minifig, and it’s vibrant and colorful.


I wrote a letter to the little boy from Julenissen, Norway’s Christmas Gnome. We know him as Santa Claus, of course. It was fun to write, and Julenissen talks about a lot of things. He doesn’t live at the North Pole — there’s nothing there but ice — but he and his Elves, Dwarves, and Gnomes do live in a mighty castle (Slott Julenissen) north of the Arctic Circle in northern Norway. Julenissen had a lot to say, five pages worth!


Here’s the pile of wrapped packages:


The package has been repacked:


There it is. All wrapped and ready to go to the office tomorrow:


On Christmas morning, he’ll unwrap the big box, open it, and discover lots of other things inside.

That’s going to be awesome. I hope he has a great Christmas. And if he has little brothers and sisters, I hope he shares. (Julenissen in his letter tells him he needs to share.)

There you have it — my first-ever Angel Tree package. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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