Frugal Gift Wrapping Ideas

Frugal Gift Wrapping Ideas to Save Money and the Environment

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Frugal Gift Wrapping Ideas

It is wonderful to buy gifts for those special in our lives. It makes the receiver as well as the giver feel good. Spending money on gifts is a good idea as the gifts are items that can be used. However spending money to buy gift wrap can be expensive and since most of it is non recyclable it has a negative impact on the environment. Here are some alternative gift wrapping options that are reusable and more fun and enjoyable.

1. Scarves. You can add a scarf as both a gift and wrap. Alternatively if you have a nice scarf that you don't wear use it to wrap a gift and the person receiving the gift may use it or pass it along with another gift.

2. Brown grocery bags. If your local shops bag your groceries with paper bags do not throw them away. Hold the wrap together by tying some string around it. Tie the string into a bow at the top for a more presentable look.

3. Dish towels. If you have any kitchen items you are giving as a gift add in a dish towel or two and use them to wrap the remainder of the gift items.

4. Magazines. Try scoping out some holiday-themed foods, scenery, or flower pages from magazines and retail catalogs.

5. Fabric and material scraps. If purchasing a gift for a person who sews or crafts a nice piece of material will never go to waste.

6. Children's drawings or paintings. You could even have children paint or color plain white paper to give it a more festive look.

7. Reusable shopping bagsThese bags come in many different sizes, colors, and designs. The best part is that if the receiver of your gift reuses the bag it decreases the amount of plastic bags being used resulting in a healthier environment!

8. Cookie tins. If you have some of these laying around they are great for holding many small items together. 

9. Newspaper comics pages. If you get a weekly paper, or can share with someone else, save the comics section for gift wrap.

10. Boxes. Empty boxes from shoes, cereal, and tissues can be turned into cute gift boxes. Make a bow out of fabric scraps to tie around the box.

Do you tend to stick to commercial gift wrap or do you prefer to use a more frugal method?

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