You have purchased all your Christmas gifts, now you need to start wrapping them. Every year I tell myself that I will wrap as I go along – but I don’t. Every year I tell myself not to leave it until the last minute – but I do. I then find that I don’t enjoy wrapping the presents at all!
8 Top Tips to Save Money on Gift Wrapping
The best money saving tip I could give you is to purchase all your Christmas wrap, bows, tags etc in the sales after Christmas – however, that won’t help you now if you haven’t bought any yet.
My 8 Top Tips
Here are my favourite tips for saving money on gift wrapping if you have missed the sales:
1. For a unique look, try wrapping your gifts in newspaper or magazines. Along with a nice bow and tag, a pile of presents looks stunning decorated this way.
2. Brown parcel paper is another cheap and alternative option. The Post Office Shop has a 6 metre roll available for only 78p! Again with some gift tags and/or bows, you will have an amazing display.
3. Have fun with the kids making your own wrap. You will need some large sheets of paper. You could find these in the stationery section or, alternatively, buy a roll of lining paper from a DIY store. A quick check on B&Q and I found a 10 m roll of lining paper for just £2. With some paints, stamps (which you could make yourself by cutting a potato in half and then cutting out a shape – try a Christmas tree or star shape) or even handprints or pastry cutters, you can make the most unique gift wrap there is!
4. Fabric also makes fantastic gift wrap and you can use left over fabric scraps for smaller gifts.
5. If you have a lot of gifts for the same person, consider making up a gift box. Take an empty box, one that is big enough to get everything in, and cover this using one of the wrapping ideas above. This can use a lot less wrapping paper than wrapping the gifts individually.
6. No gift tags? Take some of your unique wrapping paper and glue it onto some cardboard (an empty cereal box would be good for this). Cut your tags into your desired shape and size.
7. No Ribbon? Try strips of fabric, string or garden twine.
8. Want bows but haven’t got any? There are loads of tutorials online – especially on Pinterest (see details below).
9. Need a gift bag? Make your own from either fabric or paper. Again, there are loads of tutorials from some amazing people on Pinterest.
Need More Inspiration?
Check out my Pinterest Board for a collection of Frugal Alternatives for Gift Wrapping . I have collected some amazing ideas from around Pinterest and saved them all in one place.