Personally I view wrapping paper as a big money waster! We spend the time to wrap presents nicely, just to have the paper torn off in milliseconds and tossed in the trash. Even if you carefully take the paper off and reuse it the following year, it’s an expense that we can reduce through frugal and practical alternatives.
The Money Savings Tip of the Week is to think outside of the box (no pun intended) when it comes to wrapping gifts and presents. Use your creativity to come up with unique wrapping ideas that cost less, or that become part of the actual gift (so it’s two gifts in one, and no waste).
Here are 35 gift wrapping paper alternatives (updated list):
- Use the funny pages, comics or crossword pages from your newspaper
- Fold out maps are great for travellers
- Tear out pages from a damaged book (so you aren’t destroying a new one)
- Use pages from a magazine
- Kraft paper or brown paper shopping bags (think Christmas shaped packages that you sew together)
- Wallpaper samples
- Tissue paper
- Pillow cases
- Tea towels
- Fabric shoe bags
- Metal tins
- Small room size garbage cans
- Reusable shopping bags
- Toilet paper rolls wrapped in any type of paper or patterned tape for small gifts
- Kids art work
- Silk scarves
- Catalogue Pages like the Sears Wish Book (if you still have one) or Toys R Us Toy catalogue
- Pages from an old wall calendar
- Old sheet music
- Old posters
- Baby blankets
- Crossword or word search pages
- Pages from colouring and activity books
- Old pages from the phone book
- Use mason jars
- Bandana’s or hankie’s work well too
- Table cloths or cloth napkins
- Face Cloths
- Old board game boxes (if you don’t have any, they can often be found in thrift shops)
- T-shirts also work great; tied with a ribbon or maybe even a neck tie
- Warm cozy socks are great for gifting foot creams, foot files or other small gifts
- Gloves are ideal for hand cream ties with a festive ribbon
- Mugs are commonly used for foodie gifts
- AND….for the couponer….an old coupon insert is a fun way to wrap gifts!
TIP! Use old Christmas cards to create gift tags or you could use left over paint chips and cut them into Christmas shapes. Green paint chips are great for making the Xmas tree shape.
What other creative ways do you use to wrap gifts and presents? Please leave me a comment below.