Wrap It Up: Last Minute Gift Wrapping Ideas

It's not the gifts that usually blow my holiday budget, it's the wrapping paper. It's not uncommon to find me sprinting to the corner drugstore moments before I have to leave for a party for tissue paper, a glossy party bag and ribbon which, although it's easy and festive looking, is not particularly cost-effective. The other day, Lindsay and Kathryn suggested some creative ways to spruce up a brown paper bag. Here are some other suggestions:

  • 4 Simple Wrapping Ideas for Any Occassion: Dress up simply wrapped gifts with these festive touches.
  • 6 Alternatives to Wrapping Paper: Fabric, waxed paper and delivery menus are some of the things that easily sub for gift wrap.
  • How to use a reusable bag to wrap presents: Since the whole movement towards byo grocery bags began, I seem to have accumulated dozens of reusable bags. Here's a way to use them to wrap up your gifts (in a pinch, you can also use a nice plastic bag).
  • How to Wrap a Gift Bag in Fabric: If you use decide to wrap your gifts in fabric, here's how to do it so it looks cool rather than clumsy. This is a great use for old shirts, t-shirts, napkins, sheets, scarves and dishtowels.
  • Newsprint Inspired Christmas: Craft paper, newspaper and twine can look festive rather than sad if you use layering and greenery.
  • Other ideas: Use road maps, pages from books and magazines and cans with colorful labels

Images: As linked above.

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