About seven years ago, while shopping for wrapping paper for Santa's gifts to my children, I was struck by a most frugal thought: do I really need to spend $30 dollars for wrapping paper? I mean, really, buying the gold and silver foil paper to wrap a present that is torn to shreds in one second?
I go to the fabric store AFTER Christmas and buy Christmas fabric. I cut and sew with the serger a simple bag. Serge the top. No drawstrings, we just use curly ribbon to close the bags. I save the bags from year to year. Easy to make, easy to fill or "wrap", easy to store later. Plus some of the fabric is so rich looking and pretty, it looks wonderful under the tree. Every year I make a few more bags for the "stash". I also have found Christmas material at garage sales to use. I now only buy wrapping paper for gifts for people outside our immediate family.
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