Creating your own unique gift wrap can help you save big bucks. A little forward thinking and creativity can mean big savings on gift wrap. Involve your kids in the process; and you will be teaching them a big lesson on savings.
Stretch out a piece of butcher paper on the kitchen table and let your little Picasso go to work designing wrapping paper for their friend's present. This will mean big savings for you, and your child will be proud to bring his or her friend a present wrapped in paper that he or she made.
If you need something a little more sophisticated for your own friends, try some of these thrifty solutions: Snatch up rolls of wallpaper at thrift stores and yard sales to be used in place of expensive wrapping paper.
Wallpaper is just as pretty as wrapping paper and can be purchased second-hand at a fraction of the price. Wallpaper rolls also contain a lot more paper per roll, translating into even more savings for you. Try this solution and you will find that a 10-cent roll of wallpaper will go a long way towards cutting gift wrap costs.
Kraft paper is another great cost-saving solution. Rolls can be purchased at craft stores and shipping centers at fairly low prices. Left as is or decorated with stamps, you can create the same handmade looks seen in home decorating magazines.
If you are a hard-core thriftster, brown paper grocery bags can be used to create the same look at no cost to you. Get in the habit of asking for paper bags when you check out and you will always have gift wrap on hand.
For the perfect finishing touch add a homemade gift tag. If you save old cards this is a simple project. Just cut out a pretty image from the front of a card, and punch a hole in the corner for an instant tag.
Since cards are printed on a heavy stock of paper and in pretty colors, you can also cut out blank areas of the card to create a gift tag that can be personalized with stamps, stickers or a special message.
As you begin to craft more and more of your own gift wrap, consider designating a closet to organize your supplies. You will be more motivated to make wrapping paper and gift tags in advance if you have a convenient place to store everything.
For a nostalgic feel of yesteryear, use 8-Track tape ribbon to decorate gifts-especially gifts to be given to the middle-aged crowd. Baby Boomers grew up listening to 8-Track tapes and will not only appreciate the walk down memory lane but also the smart and innovative idea on what to do with the broken 8-Tracks they have filling their own garages and basements.
Instead of using those store-bought gift tags, why not make heirloom gift tags for your lovely gifts this year? These tags are inexpensive and easy to make, but turn out to look really nice.