Liven up your holiday gift-giving traditions with new, creative gift-wrapping methods. You can save money and reduce holiday waste by using household materials as wrapping paper. Or use small gifts as wrapping materials to bring part of the holiday surprise to the outside of a package. Have fun trying out some new gift-wrapping ideas.
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Small gifts as ribbons and bows
You can use a variety of fun gift objects as bows and ribbons on your Christmas presents. For children's presents, try using a colourful skipping rope as a ribbon. Or use pretty, decorative ponytail holders or hair scrunchies as bows on gifts for young girls or teenagers. Decorative hair ties also work well as bows around a bottle of wine or olive oil.
Recycled wrapping paper
You can use old newspapers, magazine pages, maps or calendar pages to wrap gifts. Look for a colourful Sunday comics section, or a large map you no longer use. You can also photocopy or enlarge particular sections of a newspaper, map, dictionary or encyclopaedia to use as wrapping paper. You can also make colour copies of one of your favourite decorative fabrics.
Homemade wrapping paper
Make your own wrapping paper out of your children's discarded drawings or homework assignments for a charming, whimsical look. Or decorate your own large sheets of blank or solid coloured paper with markers, pencils or watercolours. Experiment with abstract designs or repeated imagery.
Candy stripe wrapping
To create a festive, candy cane look, wrap gifts in solid red, pink or white paper, and then wrap contrasting, striped ribbon in a spiral pattern around each gift. Use double-sided tape to hold the ribbon in place.
Homemade gift tags
You can make your own gift tags with construction paper cutouts, personal drawings or favourite photographs. Use rubber cement to attach them to heavy cardstock and string a colourful ribbon through a hole punch at the top.
You can simplify gift-wrapping for your family by assigning each family member a colour. On Christmas morning, each person will be able to quickly locate her presents simply by looking for her designated colour.
Creative bottle wrapping
Use a decorative dish towel to wrap a bottle of wine, champagne or olive oil. This wrapping doubles as an added kitchen-related gift.
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