Christmas is just around the corner. Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? If so, I do hope it didn’t burn a big hole in your pocket. Well, if you have spent that much on gifts, here are few tips to follow to save on the gift-wrapping part of the whole holiday gift-giving process. All you need are old news papers, spare cloth or bright, patterned textiles, used maps, glossy magazine spread, old Christmas wrapper left-overs, plain paper – it could be colored if you like, few ribbons or twines and some pretty paper or plastic bags from your old shopping adventures and foils.
1. Use the old news papers, maps or glossy magazine spread as a gift wrapper. Add some colorful twine or ribbon to complete the effect.
2. If you have old patterned clothes or spare textile at home which you are not using, use it to wrap uneven shaped gifts. Tie with a fancy ribbon or a cut-out piece from the same cloth to bind the whole thing.
3. Make your own personalized Christmas wrappers using colored or plain papers. You can doodle your initials or use printed holiday cut-outs and stick them on the paper. If you’re into stamping and you have Christmas collections of stamp, use it to decorate the paper.
4. Recycle left-over Christmas gift wrappers. Whenever I receive fancy gift wrapped presents, I try not to tear the gift wrapper. I roll them again and save them for future use. Now is the perfect time to take them out of the storage and let someone else enjoy the pretty gift-wrapped present.
5. Recycle those pretty mall shopping bags you have been stashing in your closet. I normally keep those small paper bags for small items and I just affix a sticker on the logo of the paper or plastic bag to cover it up. I also add embellishments like paper flowers and gift tags to accentuate the recycled gift bag.
6. Use foil to add extra sparkle on your wrapped gifts and accentuate with a pretty bow. The gift will look very pretty under the Christmas tree with the lights reflecting on the shiny surface. Add drama and effect on the Christmas scene.
I am sure there are more ideas on gift-wrapping out there. But the intent is to save what you can and recycle what you already have at home for extra savings. Enjoy the Holidays and whether you have gifts to offer or none, remember, the reason for the season is Christ. Merry Christmas everyone!