It is that time of year again when many of us spend painful hours wrapping gifts, waiting in line at the mall to have someone wrap them for us or bargaining with our spouse to wrap everything. Here are some of my favorite holiday gift-wrapping tips to make your wrapping a little easier, cuter and even cheaper:
Make Your Wrapping Paper do Double Duty
o DIY Bows. Even if you aren’t terribly crafty, it is easy to make your own gift bow out of wrapping paper. Simply take the strip of paper leftover from wrapping your gift, fold it in half lengthwise and cut ½ to 1 inch strips, leaving ~1/2 inch of uncut paper at the fold. Then use scissors to curl each strip like a piece of ribbon and tape your adorable bow to your package. This is the perfect way to use every scrap of wrapping paper and make you look like a wrapping pro.
Gift Wrapping on the Cheap
o Free Gift Tags and Inexpensive Bags. Any good penny pincher will reuse gift bags until they literally fall apart, but if your supply runs low, don’t forget to watch for sales throughout the year. You would be amazed not only at what is 50% off the day after Christmas that you can use for any gift, but you may also find that in the Spring beautiful green bags perfect for Christmas will be 50% off. So stock up! You can also save a few bucks on gift tags by repurposing old Christmas cards. You can use the old stash of Christmas cards you’ve never sent or even the card you received in the mail from your dentist. Simply cut out the portion of the card you’d like to use, punch a hole in the top corner and add a small piece of ribbon or string.
Festive Paper Bags
o Rudolf the Red Nosed Paper Bag. If you have paper lunch bags lying around the house, put them to good use as ‘free’ gift bags. All you need are two candy canes, two googlie eyes and one red pompom. Simply cut two holes for the candy canes near the top of the bag, tape the candy canes to the inside of the bag and glue on the eyes and pompom. You can easily personalize your Rudolf bags by adding the recipient’s name at the bottom. This is a simple, fun, candy-filled way to dress up the presents under your tree.
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Until next time,
aka Chick #1