As a mother of three, I am always looking to find ways to wrap gifts quickly and inexpensively. Each year, no matter the holiday, I notice that the prices of wrapping paper becomes astronomical. With the prices of everything else under the sun going up, I have had no other choice but to seek alternatives to wrapping my gifts. I have found FIVE great alternative products that look just as beautiful if not more than traditional wrapping paper.
1. Fabric pieces. Too often, I am left with scraps of fabric from different projects that I have committed myself to. I have always saved them but wasn’t sure as to how I was going to use them. When my daughter had a birthday party to go to an no time to get to a store, I whipped out that box and stitched a small bag together for the doll she was giving. We were even able to put the “gift wrap” to use as it turned into the cutest little purse for her friend to use. If you do not have scrap fabric and want to try this idea, take a look at local salvage stores.
2. Food Containers. We used an old food container for my son’s teacher appreciation week. We baked his teacher some cookies and put them in this old container. We went the extra mile to decorate the container as well. We first painted the entire outside and lid of the container a solid color and let dry. We then went back and decorated with various sayings and markings to personalize the gift box specifically for his teacher. This is a great opportunity to use your creative skills PLUS, enjoy a little family time.
3. Craft Paper. You can find craft paper in any of your local stores. This is best when purchasing in bulk. You can decorate and personalize any way you choose. Traditionally, craft paper on the rolls are of a brown paper bag color. You can do ANYTHING with this paper. Aside from letting the children color and decorate the paper for gift wrap, you can make this craft paper turn into the most beautiful vintage looking gift. Add a beautiful bow and you are on your way to presenting the most elegant gift to a loved one or friend.
4. Recycled Gift Bags/ Totes. Often times, you receive your presents in gift bags. This is a great opportunity to save for the future. Gift bags are normally not torn or damaged unlike wrapping paper. Store these bags for future use. They will sure come in handy. Slap a new tag on it and get to giving.
5. Kids drawings. A lot like using craft paper, you can have your children create art work to wrap a gift in. This is also a fun way to incorporate some family time into gift preparations. Most kids love being involved and this method will present them the spot light they are after.
These are just five that I use often within my own home and are very effective. It is easy to get caught up in getting the gift in time that you often forget to grab something to put it in. Using the above methods are sure to save you a few dimes. Aside from saving money, you are also involving your family and creating memories.