However, at Christmas time, after the twentieth or so present it gets a bit monotonous. As Christmas Eve looms closer and I scowl at my stack to wrap, I’m definitely a believer in quick and easy methods. I also wouldn’t miss the shredded giftwrap covering the floor Christmas Day.
At least for my family, I like reusable and cheap.
So, a few ideas of other wrap jobs.
Pillowcases – Love these, quick, easy and fits lots of clothes for growing kids (or the last few gifts when you’re ready to go to bed). Tie it shut with ribbon, attach a tag and you’re done.
Comics – This year we’re doing a bunch of these. Colored and cute, but after they’ve been read, they just sit around or get thrown away.
Mail packaging – leave mailed packages or boxes sealed, you can dress up with ribbon and/or a bow easily to fit in under the tree just fine
Tin foil – festive in it’s own way
Big items can still be shrouded in a bed sheet or table cloth
Reusable/cloth shopping bags can be used instead of paper gift bags
those up for a little sewing, simple cloth bags can be durable, reusable and great padding when packing Christmas decor away – I’ve been trying to make a couple of these a year and slowly building up a supply without burning myself out
Reusable wrapped box - wrap a sturdy box so that it can open and be reused year after year. Shoeboxes work great for this. I use double sided tape and packing tape, then ribbon to tie it shut (great boxes to protect more fragile items during storage)
Tissue paper can be cheap and useful though a bit thin and transparent. I usually will put the gift in a white plastic grocery bag, then use a decorative tissue paper
Sometimes an item just isn’t worth wrapping. It’s too big or obvious. Even then, a simple ribbon and/or bow can be an easy way to mark it as special and magical.
Beyond bows – other fun things to decorate presents with.
- Bells (cheap, but kids love them)
- a cute ornament that becomes part of the gift
- tie on a candy bar or pack of gum
- Tulle or a bead garland can be a fun ribbon variation
- for the ambitious, there are many money origami tutorials out there. Even a couple $1s can double as decor and part of the gift
This concludes our Helpful Hints feature. You may now return to wrapping! Good luck!