This morning I received a call from my Dad. He told me to turn on the TV because they were taking about frugal wrapping paper. He got me thinking about our Christmas on a budget series. If you think about wrapping paper it is ripped off and thrown away never to be seen again. Here are some they discussed and a few they did not.
1. This is frugal tip I have done for years. Gift bags and the tissue paper I save over the year. I iron the tissue paper and put it in the bag and store until I am ready to use, easier storage and it looks like you went out and bought the bag and the tissue paper.
2. This year many are going green and many stores in the near future are not going to have plastic bags or they will charge you 5 cents for each bag. Why not buy some reusable shopping bags put your gift in it and attach a bow and they will have 2 gifts in one.
3. You can wrap in newspaper or how about a map you can receive free maps at AAA.
4. I don’t have the ambition this year but How about after Christmas pick up Christmas print fabric and make fabric bags. I know for little ones it is about the ripping of paper, but when they are older I think they would be happy with this idea.
4. Baby blankets for baby gifts
5. A scarf perhaps and it can be another two in one gift.
6. colorful fabric which can be fabric, bandanna’s, or dish towel.
7. We have done this paper the kids decorate. You can use a paper bag cut open, the kids decorate then ready to use.
8. Boxes or tins you have received from years past
8. Wrapping paper is 1/2 off at the end of the season, so if you just can’t part with the tradition of wrapping paper.
9. If you make a gift basket you can leave it unwrapped and present it that way.
I save the bows from Christmas and reuse them. I bag them up and use them all year.
I want to thank my Dad for getting me thinking again about Christmas on a buget.