Christmas gift wrapping doesn’t have to be expensive, exhausting, or last minute. To save money and make gifts look special, it’s time to start thinking about inexpensive methods and collecting materials now.
Here are ways to create beautiful gifts in cheap gift wrapping and other materials that you can reuse.
Use what you have
Who says gift wrapping has to play a role? It starts with looking at old things with fresh eyes. Here are 9 things to save and reuse:
- These red and white Chick-Fil-A bags have a festive theme. Gently remove your groceries and neatly stack them in a file or drawer.
- Save birthday cards or any other card you and your family receive to cut into gift tags. A picture of a cupcake goes well with Christmas or a child’s Hanukkah gifts, and an illustration of flowers makes Nana’s Christmas present a nice on and off day. Plan ahead for the next year and save all your Christmas cards to cut into tags as well.
- Envelopes, especially those in fun colors, can also be cut into tags
- Magazines are already full of vacation photos. Shiny pictures of the design of the halls make great wrapping paper, even if the words are on the side.
- When you receive flowers or notice some pretty ones on a walk, press them in a book now and in about three weeks they will be a nice, dried decor to cover a crossed ribbon on a gift. Proflowers offers Tips for drying flowers with an iron and also in the microwave.
- Keep a keen eye for accessories such as leftover shelf inserts, narrow ribbons sewn into the shoulders for hanging items of clothing, ribbons tied around new sheets of paper, scraps of fabric, and speckled or colored paper tucked into a new paperback is stuffed.
- You can make your own confetti to make a clear tissue paper gift bag more fun. Spend a couple of nights in front of Netflix in November cutting open construction paper or magazine pages.
- Stick to your Sunday comics. A few gifts wrapped with those familiar colors and characters look fun and vintage under the tree.
- A brown grocery bag or a roll of butcher paper from the craft store makes beautiful special paper if your children draw pictures with light markings on it.
Use the presentation tips from these professionals
Ellen Bassett, owner of MaddieMerriwether.com, thinks a lot about wrapping and wrapping her company’s gifts and stationery.
“When we started this business, we knew the presentation of the gifts was just as important as the gifts themselves,” said Bassett of Winston-Salem, NC. “We want people to feel special when they get something from Maddie Merriwether.”
It sends goods directly to customers and sends gifts to friends and family of customers. The product, as well as the extra care taken in packaging, will help create a connection and do business again.
She recommends these special details that don’t have to cost a lot.
- Confetti: “You can make your own confetti. But it’s really cheap on Amazon, ”said Bassett. “We get it from there and part of it is related. So we have it in a big fishbowl and we swing it around and break the pieces, then we toss a handful in the bag or box. “
One of the offers from Amazon is a bag 4,800 pieces of confetti shaped like Christmas trees, reindeer, snowflakes for $ 9.69. It also sells 600 blue snowflakes for $ 7. Or consider round confetti in white, light pink and cinnamon color – no typical Christmas colors, but very elegant and special.
- Satin ribbons: “If you have a big, bold, double-sided satin bow on a package that’s wrapped in a plain sheet of brown or glossy paper or around a cellophane bag, this gift is going to be fabulous,” she said, adding, “We buy ribbons in bulk Bulk because the buns you buy from craft stores contain so little ribbon. “
Buy in bulk
Speaking of tape, Uline.com has delicious flavors for $ 90 by 50 yards. That’s enough to wrap 100 to 300 gifts. There is also a lot of money to be spent on tapes. Get a few friends into a group buy share the cost of packaging materials purchased in bulk.
Other unusual details on Uline.com are glossy wrapping paper, organza bags and tissue paper, which make for simple and elegant packaging.
Make the shipping box something special too
“People have to send more gifts these days, so your presentation in a shipping package is as important as giving them in person,” said Bassett.
To enhance the brown box that arrives at the door, she glues a few pieces of confetti under the cellophane tape on the outside of the packaging. “It’s just a little sweet and happy joke that says,” There’s something special in there. “
“I love stickers on gifts and on the back of letters. A sticker is just more fun to look at, ”said Bassett.
A sticker and curl can be enough if you’re not good at tying big, bold bows.
“During the holidays I like to use black craft paper or black gift wrapping paper, tie it up with a ribbon, and then glue a sprig of boxwood or holly berries, ”said Laurie Elliott, co-owner of Marketplace Interiors in Nashville and Tampa.
Rosemary is beautiful, seasonal and also robust. “You can just make a small arch underneath and wedge rosemary or boxwood. “
A touch of humor
Elliott likes to tie a single Christmas ball ornament with the bow onto a wrapped gift. Target has numerous sentences 50 Christmas balls for $ 15. Some have a vintage matte finish while others are covered in glitter.
Not all gifts require paper
When it’s not for a kid, Elliott sometimes wraps a gift like a flashy coffee table book without actually wrapping it. She skips the paper, ties a ribbon around it, and lets the style and look of the gift itself make a statement under the tree.
Katherine Snow Smith is a freelance editor and reporter based in St. Petersburg, Florida and the author of Rules for the southern rule breaker: missteps and lessons learned.
This article originally appeared on www.thepennyhoarder.com