Frugal Gift Wrapping Ideas

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December 10, 2009

brown paper gift wrapAfter Christmas, I buy all the red, green, gold and silver paper and bags I can find at a very cheap price, sometimes at 75 to 90% off. They can be used for occasions all throughout the year. Red for Valentines Day, silver and gold for weddings, any of the colors for birthdays! Sure can save money this way.


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November 12, 2008

This wrapping paper idea came from one of my friends years ago. Use outdated atlases and maps for colorful, cool-looking, and good quality wrapping paper. I use mostly for birthday gifts, but cut out a silhouette of Santa in his sleigh and/or reindeers and attach for Christmas gifts.


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August 3, 2011

Embellish a used book when passing it along to someone else. Here, I wrapped the book with a scrap of patterned paper and satin ribbon with silk flower on top.

Used Book (New Day) with pink polkadot paper "ribbon" wrapped around the cover, with a pink ribbon tied in a bow and flower on top of it.


May 23, 2011

I did this for my sister's bridal shower, but you could do this in a birthday or another fun holiday theme! For a wedding gift tower:


December 1, 2011

So much money can be saved by reusing, being inventive and being green on wrapping gifts. Christmas presents cost so much money.


If you pay full price for wrapping, bags and bows, it may cost more than some of the things you are wrapping.


December 20, 2014

Use colored masking tape instead of ribbon to wrap gifts.

Colored Tape Instead of Ribbons


October 18, 2004

After running out of tape during a Christmas present wrapping marathon I decided to try hot glue. It worked so well I haven't used tape since.


December 23, 2009

A great holiday tip that became a tradition. Make a family box, box with separate lid, wrapped separate, for easy opening, fill with movies, games, new ornament, books, anything your family will share. It's great for video games.


November 13, 2004

Because of our consumer society, wrapping paper can be a huge expense. We may want to consider "downgrading" the packaging and wrapping of the things we purchase in the coming year. I recently heard of a great idea: instead of wasting what amounts to tons (collectively) of wrap and ribbon, why not use seasonal dish clothes or towels to wrap some items?


You could use place mats that have been rolled up and tied as a beautiful gift alone or with some kind of neat kitchen gizmo tucked inside. Use YOUR imagination! Editor's Note: What gift wrapping ideas have you used? Do you have any ideas to share with our readers?


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December 8, 2010

Use silk flowers instead of a bow on gifts. When ribbon streamers are added to a silk flower and it is tied on a gift, it becomes a gift in and of itself, and can be kept and placed in a decorative vase.


November 16, 2016

These plastic gift bags are so nice! I bought this one because it was so colorful. I plan on buying a matching blue fleece throw and adding a little stuffed Olaf character.

Fill Plastic Gift Bags for Christmas Gifts


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January 9, 2017

This time of the year, after Christmas, the stores all have Christmas throws on sale. I got several from a dollar store for $2 each last year.


This year I gave a few for gifts, and took 2 of them and sewed them together on 3 sides, making a large bag (like a large pillowcase).

Make Gift Bags from Seasonal Throws - closeup of the drawstring for bag

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February 23, 2006

When wrapping gifts, for whatever event or occasion, instead of using a obvious gift bow, think of using something else, that would be more useful to the recipient...


November 11, 2004

Many companies are now using crumpled plain brown paper instead of styrofoam peanuts when they ship merchandise. Instead of putting the brown paper in the recycling bin make Christmas gift wrap.


Iron the wrinkles out of the paper, using the highest setting.


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December 20, 2007

When wrapping Christmas gifts there are always those smaller items that you don't have a box the right size for. Last year I used White Lunch Sacks. You can get these at most dollar stores and they work great to wrap a bunch of stuff.


Cyndi Roberts
December 17, 2004

Opening all those packages under the tree is one of the most enjoyable parts of a holiday celebration--a part that everyone enjoys, from youngsters to oldsters!


October 22, 2004

Instead of purchasing shirt boxes for the holidays, use cereal boxes instead. They are just the right size to slide a shirt, pants, robe or anything else like that into.


You can decorate the box with wrapping paper so that the cereal logos aren't seen. By Sandi


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January 12, 2016

If you are lucky enough to receive flowers, save the outer cellophane wrapping and use it to wrap gifts. You will be recycling and saving money as well.

Save Cellophane for Gift Wrapping

December 17, 2007

Free Gift Wrap, especially if you have a sense of humour and like to travel! For wrapping gifts, at the holidays, or more especially souvenirs you bring home to friends and family from your vacation, collect the unused "barf" bags from the back pocket of your airplane seat.


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December 11, 2006

Instead of pretty (but impersonal) store bought wrapping paper, you can use brown paper bags cut to size. Then draw on them, or use stickers of the recepient's favorite character (i.e. scooby doo, peanuts--and you can find those at dollar stores).


October 29, 2004

Save your kids artwork to use as frugal holiday wrapping paper. We did this last year and the kids were thrilled that everyone saw what they had made and it cut down on a lot of clutter for me! By Katie in NY


August 10, 2018

Save money and get creative with your holiday gift wrapping by reusing items you already have, such as brown paper bags, colorful paper napkins, and tissue paper. This page contains ideas for thrifty holiday gift wrapping.

Butcher paper wrapped gifts embellished with paper snowflakes and dried orange slices.

January 14, 2017

This is a page about decorating plain brown paper for gift wrapping. Less expensive rolls of plain brown paper provide you with a canvas for creating your own unique gift wrapping paper.

Decorating Plain Brown Paper for Gift Wrapping - two rolls of plain brown wrapping paper

November 17, 2011

Instead of buying rolls of preprinted wrapping paper, why not make your own. This is a great way to add a special personal touch to any birthday, wedding or Christmas gift. This is a page about making homemade wrapping paper.

Make Your Own Wrapping Paper - gift wrapped in the paper

November 15, 2011

This is a page about recycled gift wrap ideas. Reusing gift wrap or wrapping gifts in recycled paper is a great way to not add more paper to the landfill. Share your ideas for using recycled or reusing gift wrap.

Recycled Wrapping Paper

August 24, 2020

My mom got a last minute invite to an event and she needed to take a gift along. As a crafter, I always have gifts that could be given, but what to do to wrap the gift? There was no time for water colors or food colors, as I needed to make gift wrap that would dry almost instantly and would still look presentable.

A hand stamped gift wrapped package.

October 10, 2019

You can skip the bow on your next gift by using this cute technique. You will be able to make a paper flower with your gift wrap by following the steps on this page.

Flower Gift Wrapping - curling ribbon added to complete

January 16, 2017

This is a page about making a matching bow for your wrapped package. By using strips of your wrapping paper, you can make an attractive matching bow for your gift.

A finished bow from your wrapping paper

January 15, 2017

This is a page about use newspaper comics for gift wrap. If you still receive a copy of the newspaper, the colorful comics pages make fun recycled gift wrap paper.

Newspaper Comics for Gift Wrap - comic pages

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