Before you run out and purchase more holiday wrapping paper, consider these festive alternatives:
- Stuff a stocking. If you have been looking for a reason to replace your Christmas stocking, use the old one as wrapping. Bottles of champagne, small gifts, and ornaments fit nicely inside these recyclable items.
- Go with silver. Plain, heavy, silver wrapping paper is perfect the whole year round. Birthday, wedding, and anniversary gifts also look spectacular in silver. The same cannot be said for dancing Santas and top-hat clad snowmen.
- Design your own. White butcher’s paper can be turned into a beautiful wrapping with the ink from rubber stamps or illustrations. A box of crayons and a few minutes of your child’s time can also work to make personalized paper for grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and siblings.
- Order online and have someone else do it. When buying gifts online, save yourself some time and have the item gift wrapped and sent directly to the recipient. It usually costs you a few dollars, but it saves you the hassle of wrapping the gift, putting it in a shipping box, and resending it or delivering it in person.
- Forget about it. When I was a child, Santa Claus never wrapped his gifts. Santa simply set gifts under the tree. Only presents from family and friends were wrapped.
- Use fabric remnants. If you like to sew, you probably have a few pieces of fabric remnants that could easily be turned into a gift bag. They’re reusable and become part of the gift.
- A nice box only needs a bow. A beautiful bow wrapped around a nice box speaks volumes. It’s the way most jewelry companies wrap their high-priced items.
What alternative wrappings do you use? Tell us about your solutions in the comments.