Storing rolls of gift wrap year after year is a hassle. Their awkward shape and size take up precious storage space. Open rolls are easily damaged, rendering them useless come wrapping time. It’s easy to forget what you have on hand, so you purchase more and you end up with the same problem.
Here are a few year-round tips for making your wrapping simple and stress free without buying and storing ready-made gift wrap: Make the “wrapping” part of the gift.
If you’re giving a book, an e-reader or a magazine subscription, why not purchase a tote bag to go with it. Instead of a bow, attach a purchased or handmade book mark.
Gifting a beautiful sweater, scarf or other wearable item? Why not wrap it in a ChicoBag in your friends favorite color. This handy bag can be carried in a purse or pocket to have on hand any time you shop.
Start a family tradition of wrapping children’s gifts in the Sunday comics. If you have a fashion-conscience teen, wrap a small book, CD or gift card in a glossy magazine cover. High-tech gadgets can be wrapped in the colorful electronics inserts in the weekend newspaper.
Young children can turn art projects into gift wrap, always a hit with grandparents or a favorite teacher.
Quick and Easy Gift Tags
When bringing a hostess gift to a party, grab something that’s already “wrapped,” like a box of beautiful chocolates, an interesting bottle of wine, or a prepackaged candle. No additional wrapping required.
If you want to add a personal touch, consider making a variety of gift tags ahead of time. Keep a few on hand in the glove box of your car for gift-giving on the go. Store the rest in a convenient spot in your home.
I purchased a Creative Memories tag maker and 1/8th inch ribbon from a craft store. This quick-and-easy punch is fun to use for creating beautiful tags.
This year I’m making bookmark gift tags from bright paint samples. Old Christmas cards also make great tags. Simply punch the unused portion of the card, as seen below.
Turn Leftover Holiday Cards into Gift Tags
Leftover scrap-book paper, last year’s wall calendar, postcards you purchased but never sent, all make wonderful gift tags as well. Challenge yourself to use what you have on hand.
In the end, you’ll save time and money. Let your creative juices flow.
Paint Chip Bookmarks
“I bought my brother some gift-wrap for Christmas. I took it to the Gift Wrap department and told them to wrap it, but in a different print so he would know when to stop unwrapping.” -Steven Wright