If you ever come into possession of the shopping bags with twine handles, used by some of the more "upscale" stores, turn them into gift bags! For example, cut the front off of a Christmas card picturing Santa, a winter scene, etc. Glue the card front to the bag over the store name. Now use it as a Christmas gift bag! Gluing a generic picture, such as a flower, sunset, etc over the store name would make the gift bag suitable for birthdays and other occasions.