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
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
bottom...you have a Christmas tree shape...top 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 http://www.cynroberts.com to subscribe and receive the Free e-course, "Taming the Monster Grocery Bill".