Stop wasting your money on store bought Christmas gift wrapping paper! These are more fun and creative ways to wrap your presents, and they’re FREE.
Before the tips, a quip: “Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas,” said Kin Hubbard.
If you give a kid a useful Christmas present, he might like the wrapping paper better than the gift itself — especially if the gift wrap is fun and creative.
If you need a better way to organize and store your Christmas gift wrap (and you don’t want to dump it all in a big cardboard box, like I do), get the Rubbermaid Gift Wrap Organizer. It’s amazing — it keeps your scissors, tape, bows, ribbons, and gift card labels all in one place. This is a great Christmas gift idea for people who love the holidays!
Here are six creative ideas for gift wrap…
6 Creative Ways to Wrap Christmas Gifts
It’s crucial to plan ahead! If you leave things until the last minute, you’re more likely to rush out and buy glitzy, expensive, ugly gift wrapping paper. Instead, start early and make wrapping gifts part of the Christmas holiday experience.
1. Use mandarin orange boxes as gift boxes. “I save our clementine boxes every year and reuse them to create gorgeous gift baskets,” says Meghan. “You can shred paper or paper bags to use as stuffing. Just top it off with a recycled bow from last Christmas and you’re set to go with an eco-friendly gift!” For a festive look, you can paint, colour, or paste natural decorations on the outside of the box. This is a great way to save money at Christmas, too.
2. Stuff gifts inside other gifts. Wrap gift cards in fluffy socks or slippers, or fold a cookbook into an apron. Shawls, scarves, towels, and afghans – tied up with a pretty bow or ribbon – are creative, practical ways to enclose holiday gifts. Travel mugs, ceramic coffee cups, bicycle helmets, and beach or garden pails are also empty vessels to begging to be filled.
3. Dig out your old maps, calendars, and comic books. Your calendar will be history soon, so put it to good use now! A creative Christmas gift wrap idea is to wrap your presents in an assortment of old calendars, outdated maps, glossy magazine pages, and newspapers.
4. Use hemp, silk, or cotton tote bags as wrapping paper. Those cloth bags are great Christmas “wrapping paper” that can later be used for library books, groceries, and odds ‘n ends in the car (I keep a tote bag of full water bottles so we never drive thirsty). Or, make your own cloth tote bags out of red, white, and green material – my hubby even sews drawstrings into his.
5. Find exotic recycled paper to use as holiday gift wrap. Mr. Ellie Pooh is an organization that recycles Sri Lankan elephant dung into stationery, crafts, and wrapping paper – without using toxic chemicals or depleting natural resources. Look in your local stores or Christmas craft fairs for recycled, sometimes handmade, ideas for wrapping gifts.
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6. Use kids’ art projects as Christmas wrapping paper. Children’s art projects can make sentimental yet simple Christmas gift wrap. If you don’t already have “wrapping paper” taped up on your fridge, set the kids up with recycled paper, paint, and crafts. Their Christmas chore is to make wrapping paper for the whole family…while you relax with a hot apple cider.
If you haven’t done all your Christmas shopping yet, read What to Give Your Husband for Christmas – 9 Creative Gift Tips.
And if you have any ideas for creative Christmas gift wrap, please share below!
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