Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas
Let’s face it – wrapping paper can get expensive! Unless you replenish your stash during the clearance sales after Christmas… But even then, the leftovers can be kinda cheesy or cheap looking.How about adding a flare and a personal touch by re-using what you have around the house to wrap gifts.
Just start asking for paper at the grocery store. Now. A month in advance so that you have a good supply of “wrapping paper.” Cut along the side and cut out the bottom of the bag. This gives you a nice blank canvas.Either decorate the blank side yourself so it looks cute and “adult-ish.” Or turn your kids loose on it with markers. If you want a more refined look, just leave it blank and tie off your gift with rustic twine and a sprig of cedar tucked into the bow.
Growing up, we wrapped most of our gifts in newspaper. Wrapping paper was a commodity, but Sunday newspapers with the comics was abundant. You see, our elderly neighbor would give us his Sunday paper every week because he knew us kids loved reading the comics.Usually we would save up enough comics to wrap our few Christmas gifts. But if your paper doesn’t print comics, just wrap your gifts in the print. This still offers a rustic look! Maybe pick a section that isn’t color? Or find a portion that doesn’t have big block ads. Just look at your hands before you scratch your nose! The ink will make a mess! You can also use newspaper instead of tissue paper as stuffing inside the gift box or bag. Just not with cloth items! You don’t want the ink to rub off on the clothing!
Calendar and/or Magazine Pictures
Do you save old calendars and magazines for craft projects? Pull out your stash and use these beautiful pictures for wrapping smaller gifts! Or tape several pages together to wrap larger gifts.Better yet – use that adorable washi tape and tape the pictures together on the outside. It will be like patchwork wrapping paper!
Inside-Out Wrapping Paper
Do you have the wrong season wrapping paper? Or maybe it’s cheesy looking. Lay it out on the floor upside-down and have your kids decorate it with paint or markers. It can be a pretty messy Christmas gift wrapping ideas but the kids will have fun and it will be personal!
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Gifting the Wrapping
One of the best Christmas gift wrapping ideas is making the wrapping part of the gift!
- Tea Towels
- Beach or Bath Towel
Wrap larger gifts in a beach towel or bath towel. If you are wrapping in a bath towel, be sure to include a matching hand towel and wash cloth as part of the gift as well. This will make the wrapping a practical gift because it comes with the rest of its matching set.
- Throw Blanket
Who doesn’t love a fuzzy blanket to snuggle up with on the couch?! These smaller blankets also make the perfect, practical gift wrapping.
- Tackle Box or Tool Box
- Hoodie or Flannel
Securing Your Christmas Gift Wrapping IdeasSome of these Christmas gifts wrapping ideas cannot be secured with the usual scotch tape. Here are a few ideas for adding to the statement your gift makes:
A Piece of FlairIf you chose to wrap your gifts with wrapping paper or bundle them up in a holiday gift bag, you can still add your personal touch to them. Instead of or in addition to a stick-on bow or ribbon, consider attaching:
Read here how to use some of these pieces of flair in your Winter Dining Table Decor.