I bet you would never guess this about me but every year I like to wrap all my Christmas presents so they match. Back in the day when I wasn’t on monetary (and time) budgets I would buy several coordinating papers with matching ribbons and tags. My presents looked like something out of a Martha magazine.
These days I don’t really have the money OR the time to do that. However, just because I’m on a budget now doesn’t mean I’ve stopped caring about presentation. These days I’m just finding more creative ways to make my presents presentable.
Here are some of my top time and money savers for gift wrapping:
1. Buy small presents. No really, think about it, if you can get away with 3 rolls of paper as opposed to 7 you are automatically saving monies. It’s not that I refuse to buy bulky gifts but it certainly enters my mind when planning my purchases.
2. Don’t buy actual wrapping paper. Find a cheaper alternative such as brown kraft paper, newspaper, pages from magazines, or even plain old white art paper (the kind you buy for your kid’s craft table). You can dress up the plain paper with stencils, stamps or even let your kid color it. Other alternatives to wrapping paper are left over fabric and wallpaper, both of which can be found for amazing discounts at craft and thrift stores or in your basement/attic perhaps.
3. Get creative with the dressings. If you have a Hobby Lobby near you look out for their ribbon sales, these are always a good way to stock up. Also check out the actual “craft” section, several years ago I bought a tube of small metal bells that I’ve tied on all my presents for two years. You can also find some cheaper decorations in the kid’s craft section.
4. Use reusable shopping bags. I must admit, I didn’t come up with this one on my own, my MIL started doing this a few years ago. She buys the holiday themed fabric shopping bags at her grocery story for $1 and then dresses them up with curly ribbon and tissue paper. It looks super cute AND it’s far less wasteful.
This is truly just a sampling of the many ways you can cut back on gift wrap this holiday season. What are some of your tricks for saving time and money on gift wrapping?