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Gift Wrapping Can Be Fun and Frugal Too!

By Cyndi Roberts

A big part of most families' treasured Christmas traditions

is the ritual of opening the presents. A big part of getting

ready for Christmas is Buying the Presents! Most of us must

do our best to save money where we can when doing our


It's always been my belief that the most inexpensive gift

is made special by the wrapping. It's an added pleasure

to be able to admire a package before opening.

These are some of the ways I have made our frugal,holiday packages

beautiful and special.

This year, I have discovered "Tulle". Tulle is available at

discount and craft stores by the yard--in many different colors

and in many different widths. I happened to find a spool of

white tulle in a 6-inch width (on the clearance rack)and used

it for a bow on a birthday present recently. I cut it into a

3-inch width and

just wrapped it around the box like ribbon and tied it into

a big bow and I was astounded at how good it looked! It's kind

of stretchy and is easy to work with, plus it doesn't crush if

a gift is going to be mailed.

My other favorite ribbon is the curly ribbon. After Christmas,

it's usually available very cheaply and it's so easy to use.

Just cut several lengths and curl and glue to the package.

No need to buy separate bows! It also makes a gift bag look

really festive.

During the year, when a merchant bags my purchases in a paper

"gift" bag with handles, I always save them. Even though they

may have a store logo or name on them...just cut the front

off an old Christmas card and glue it over the logo. Cover the

edges with flat ribbon or dimensional paint or glitter if you

wish. And there you have a FREE gift bag!

Children (and adults, too!)love to see candy on their packages!

Candy canes are fun to use. Place two candy canes flat on the

package with their tips together and the curved end at the have a Christmas tree with a star cut

from self-adhesive felt or gold paper. Or use the mini-candy

canes and make a trio of Christmas tree shapes.

Another idea is to spell out a child's name in small candies.

If you don't use wrapped candies, be sure children understand

the candies aren't to be eaten.

Wrapping packages can be a fun part of your holidays, if you

just let your imagination lead the way!

About The Author
Cyndi Roberts is the editor of the bi-weekly e-newsletter "1 Frugal Friend 2 Another", bringing you practical, money-saving tips, recipes and ideas. Visit her online at to subscribe and receive the Free e-course, "Taming the Monster Grocery Bill".

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