Finding the right way to wrap a gift at Christmas can make a special gift seem even more appealing. It can also break the bank.
Wrapping paper and gift cards are so expensive. With a little bit of time and searching through the house, you can come up with some great ways to wrap all of your gifts. I am sure that many of us have many, if not all, of the items I talk about at home. Don’t blow your budget buying wrapping paper that will end up in the trash or in the recycling bin.
Here is another great thing about being frugal when it comes to wrapping gifts – you are helping the environment. So lets get ready to save, get creative and have some fun!
Here are a few ways you can save on wrapping gifts.
1.) Make tags for your gifts from last years Christmas Cards.
2.) Tear pretty fabric into strips and use it for ribbons
3.) Use oatmeal containers. These are great for odd shaped gifts or to fill goodies with for a neighbor or teacher.
4.) I love using the comics from the newspaper as wrapping paper (works well at birthdays too!)
5.) Use brown paper sacks from the grocery store. Kids can use paint and their handprints to make a personal design. Use a potato and cut a design in it and use it as a stamp. Make some hot chocolate and put out some cookies and have a day of decorating wrapping paper.
6.) For smaller gifts, use magazine pages. This is great for a teen – wrap a small piece of jewelry in the magazine page.
7.) Felt is inexpensive and can be used to make quick gift bags or as an alternative to paper
8.) Use a reusable shopping bag. It will be two gifts in one.
9.) Save last year’s gift bags and use them again.
10.) I save tissue paper from last year. I smooth out any wrinkles and fold it nicely and stash it away with my gift bags.
11.) Use old pieces of clothing to make gift bags. Sweater and shirts sleeves are great for wine bottles.
12.) Reuse bows and ribbons. Wrap old ribbons around toilet paper tubes to keep them neat. I can still remember my German Grandmother ironing old Christmas ribbons (that was back when they were all made of material – if you want to iron your ribbon, check what it is made of)
13.) Make your own gift bags. Use old fabric, dish towels and more.
15.) Try using an old map as gift wrap. I found some at the thrift store for less than $1.00. Watch garage sales.
16.) Aluminum foil. The heavy duty type will work the best, but you can use regular foil also. I like to wrinkle it up and then smooth it out a little bit.
17.) Butcher paper. I love to sew and quilt, so I always have a roll of butcher paper around. One side has a shiny waxy look to it, the other side is a nice paper. This side can easily be decorated and personalized. Use metallic makers and write a personal note on the paper.
I hope you found a few ideas that will help you to save money this Christmas. Have your read my other articles in my 12 Frugal Weeks Before Christmas Series?
Week 2 – Ways to Save on Christmas Cards