Here are some ideas that my family and I have used to save money on buying gift-wrap for presents. The added plus is helping the environment with all the paper you save.
Tip one: Recycle Old Gift Wrap. Carefully unwrap gifts you get from others, instead of just tearing into them. You can salvage the paper and reuse it to wrap future presents.
Tip two: Use old newspaper! The Sunday comics of course are especially colorful. This makes for great wrapping paper. Be careful though, if you use a bunch of newspaper to wrap your presents and place them on the floor, the newsprint might rub off on the carpet. After you’re done, recycle the newspaper.
Tip three: Use Junk Mail. Everyone gets tons of junk mail, right? This works better for smaller presents. Why not put some of that junk to good use? Use some ads, and flyers you don’t need to wrap a gift! If you really want to wrap a larger gift with it, tape different papers together to make one big piece.
Tip four: Use pillowcases. These are great to wrap presents in. Grab some pillowcases from the linen closet and wrap your gift in that. Especially if you have some pillowcases with nice designs, it can make the present look nice. Not enough pillowcases? How about some towels? You can tie up the towels loose ends with string, or some tape. Works like a charm.
Tip five: Use sheets for bigger presents. Works beautifully. Sometimes you don’t even need tape. Just tuck the edges on the bottom of the gift. The person doesn’t even need to work to open it. Just lift up the box, pull, and the sheets fall off!
Tip six: Use Grocery Bags. Do you have a stash of old grocery bags? Put them to good use and put your gift in it! You can also wrap your gift in a pillowcase or towel first and then put it in the bag. It means you don’t have to use tape to make sure it all stays together.
Tip seven: Make your own wrapping paper. If the other tips don’t appeal to you, make your own. You can use the clean side of the junk mail, or other types of scratch paper. Get some Christmas or birthday rubber stamps, and go crazy. Get the kids to join if you have any. It can be perfect patterns, or random stamping. You can actually make quite beautiful Christmas or any type of wrapping paper this way!
The presents may not always look as cute as store bought wrapping paper, but honestly, many folks, especially kids do not care. They have fun just opening and getting a present. Times are tough, and in the end, it’s the thought that counts, right? Have fun!