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December 10, 2009

After 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.

By dorothy wedenoja from New Creek, WV

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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 Use outdated atlases and maps for colorful, cool-looking, and good quality wrapping paper.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. If you like this idea but don't have any maps to use, pick up some free ones at travel and visitor's centers the next time you are traveling.

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By Britt from Boston, MA

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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.

By HellofromMhay from Fairfax, VA

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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:

  1. Find 3 boxes that vary in size and stack well to look like a 3-tier cake.
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  2. Put presents in each box with tissue paper.

  3. Then, wrap in white butcher-type paper (or a roll of white paper that isn't see-through).

  4. Secure tower together with double-stick tape and be careful handling it from here on out!

  5. Wrap white beaded parade necklaces around the tiers to look like a pretty cake trim - or - you could drape tulle and secure with dots of hot glue or double-stick tape.

  6. Top your gift box cake with a white monogram letter or another pretty "gift cake" topper such as silk or paper flowers or a white bow.

Optional: Match the wrapping paper and details to the wedding colors.

For a birthday gift box cake use the same directions as above, but wrap boxes in celebratory or bold colors! Top with curling ribbon, candle or a fun toy!

By Erin813 from USA

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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.

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

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December 20, 2014

Use colored masking tape instead of ribbon to wrap gifts.

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October 18, 20044 found this helpful

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.

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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.

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November 13, 20040 found this helpful

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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...

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November 11, 20040 found this helpful

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.

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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!

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October 22, 20040 found this helpful

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.

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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).

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October 29, 20040 found this helpful

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

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August 10, 20181 found this helpful

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.

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January 14, 20171 found this helpful

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.

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November 17, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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November 15, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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January 16, 20170 found this helpful

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.

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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.

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