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I’m all for a good IKEA hack, but during the holiday season, I have a love-hate relationship with IKEA. My closest store is a trek, and it’s always crowded. And this time of year, I’m not as into the whole “let’s make a day out of it and wander around IKEA aimlessly” thing, even if there are Swedish meatballs waiting for me at the finish line.
But there’s one big reason to head to your nearest IKEA right now: Gift wrapping ideas are scattered all throughout the store, so you can definitely kill two birds with one stone if you find yourself shopping there. Some are obvious, but others will make you look like you’re the Martha Stewart of your group of friends. Better yet, they’re all cheap and a few even cut down on holiday waste. Here’s what to add to your big yellow shopping bag.
You might have known IKEA sells wrapping paper, but did you know it’s recyclable, thanks to their policy of banning chlorine in textile and paper production? Pick up a few three-pack rolls—and get excited, because all of the patterns coordinate.
Buy: VINTER 2019 Gift Wrap, $5.99/3-pack of rolls
Any procrastinators out there should stock up on these sturdy gift boxes. All you’ll need is a bow and maybe some tissue paper to finish off your package with style.
Buy: VINTER 2019 Gift Box, $3.99/Set of 3
Buy a handful of these simple dish towels—right now, there’s even a festive red version. They’re great for wrapping hostess gifts like wine and candles. I’ve seen DIYers hack them into Scandi-inspired cafe curtains and pillow cases, so you can be sure your gift recipient will find a way to put them to good use.
Buy: TEKLA Dish Towel, $0.79
Leave it to IKEA to make what looks like a file folder into a cute holiday gift bag option. I could see these going fast, so stock up while you still can.
Buy: VINTER 2019 Gift Bag, $4.99/2-pack
If you want to go even classier for a gift basket, try these bamboo boxes. You can use the larger one for the gift and then keep the smaller two as drawer organizers for yourself. They’d be great in a dresser or bathroom.
Buy: DRAGAN Box, $12.99/Set of 3
Have a somewhat oversized toy or weird shaped item you’re trying to wrap? Pop it into this candy cane striped gallon bag, zip it up, and call it a day. Afterwards, the bag can be used for storage, laundry, or even grocery shopping.
Buy: VINTER 2019 Storage Bag, $3.99
You won’t find a cuter, cheaper way to wrap all those cookies you’re making for the neighbors than these tins. Be sure to line them with a little bit of parchment, so that clean-up—and reuse—is easy.
Buy: VINTERFEST Tin, $3.99/Set of3
These bags scream “chic French girl going to the farmer’s market,” which is a good thing in my book. Add colored tissue paper, and you’re good to go.
Buy: KUNGSFORS Mesh Bag, $5.99/Set of 2
If you’re a crafter, buy some yardage for whatever holiday project you have in mind. Then use your fabric scraps make a lovely alternative to traditional gift wrap. Tie your package off with rustic twine or a pretty ribbon.
Buy: VINTER 2019 Fabric, $5.99/Per yard