Christmas wrapping papers are bright, colourful and fun but these are also expensive and not always necessary.
While you want your gifts to look lovely, you will be wasting a lot of good wrapping paper each year by purchasing rolls and rolls of the festive prints. If you are looking for a change from the traditional and want to go with something more personalised, why not try these Christmas gift wrapping ideas?
1. Create Your Own
Spend the afternoon getting crafty with the kids and creating your own paper. All you need is plain white paper and coloured markers. Write fun sayings, draw pictures of animals or just let the little ones scribble all over the place. Sure, it may not have that shiny store-bought feel, but this is a great way to wrap family presents (for grandparents, aunts, uncles, and the kids) as it comes from the heart.
2. Computer Designs
Another option is to check online for fun Christmas templates. Look for Christmas phrases or scrapbook templates. Simply print them out (you will need several) and tape the printer sheets together by putting tape on the opposite side of the words. All of a sudden, you have an instant large wrapping sheet!
3. Magazine and Newspaper Scraps
If you have a collection of old magazines collecting dust in the corner, why not cut the pages out, tape them together and use as wrapping paper? This is a great way to wrap up kids’ presents from Santa and gifts that will remain in the family. Sure, it may not look as pretty as expensive wrapping paper, but your kids will most likely rip into it before they even realise that the wrapping paper features all the latest gossip from last year.
4. Tea Towels
Another great gift wrapping idea is to purchase a bulk set of tea towels (bonus points for Christmas-themed ones). Use the tea towel as the wrapping paper. This is a perfect option for presents that remain within the house (such as to your hubby) as well as when wrapping baked goods, mugs and other smaller gifts to teachers, co-workers and neighbours. There’s no question about re-usability, and they add that extra personal touch you may be looking for.
5. Santa Stockings
For little stocking stuffer items, such as cologne, makeup, lollies and key chains, why not place these items in a sock? These items will most likely be given to your kids. Opening up a sock to uncover a gift is just as exciting as opening up a nicely wrapped present and so much cheaper, especially to a child. It is also a lot less time-consuming wrapping presents in softs rather than cutting and taping wrapping paper, especially for smaller items.