This post wasÂ contributed to 365 Less Things by Deb J
Gift wrapping is one of the big â€œchoresâ€ of the Christmas/Hanukkah season.Â A later post in this series will talk about alternative gifts for adults but for those who take part in gift giving among family and friends decluttering wrapping supplies can make a big difference.Â Every year as you walk through the stores you see a big assortment of wrapping papers, bows, bags, gift tags and gift boxes.Â I remember a time when we had a huge storage tub of wrapping supplies we would buy in the after Christmas sales and hold over for the following year.Â We no longer have any of that.Â We are gift wrap free and have been for about 10 years.Â Of course, as I have shared before, we no longer give gifts as our family and friends have decided to â€œget out of the habit.â€Â Still, Iâ€™d like to share some ideas we used once we realized how much time, money, space and effort came with shopping for and storing wrapping supplies.
I think the biggest change we made was when we decided to no longer store wrapping supplies.Â We decided to pick a theme color each year for paper, ribbon and bows.Â We bought one huge roll of paper, a huge roll of ribbon and made our own bows.Â Most of the time, we bought white paper or craft paper and then came up with the â€œcolor of the yearâ€ for the ribbon.Â I especially liked the year we used craft paper and plaid ribbon. Even the gift tags were made of â€œcraft paperâ€ card stock with a swipe of color around the edges by a marker and tied on with thin strips of the ribbon. Â Whatever you decide, it is much cheaper to buy supplies in bulk with the idea of buying only what you need for the one year.Â
Many people have resorted to using gift bags.Â We found a place where you can buy various sized ones in one color.Â Then you can embellish them with stamping, stickers, rick rack, ribbon, etc. to fancy them up.Â I know friends who make bags out of the paper sacks they get at the grocery store.Â You just turn them inside out and either cut them to size or use them at their original size.Â Lunch sacks work well also.
I think the best idea I have seen is a friend who made a variety of bags out of holiday fabric.Â Every year she gives gifts in these bags.Â She tells the receivers she will gladly take them back if they donâ€™t want to reuse them.Â She has found really cheap fabric in after Christmas sales and takes her time over the year making up the bags.Â Another friend uses fabric to make pillow cases and then gives away gifts in them.Â Nothing like giving two gifts in one.Â She especially likes to make the cases in material that reflects the recipient.
Do you have any cheap, easy ideas for holiday gift wrapping that helps you with the prevention of storing wrapping supplies from year to year?