Sunday, December 14, 2008

No-Waste Gift-Wrapping Ideas

  • Wrap the gift in a drawstring bag and use an inexpensive luggage tag for the gift tag.
  • Decorate oversized gifts with just a bow that can be used again.
  • Put toy animals in a cowboy hat and wrap a cowboy scarf around it.
  • Use a jewelry box for some flea market 'jewels.'
  • Use a knit hat to wrap a small gift. Close the hat with a barrette or a decorative hat pin.
  • Games or toys for a child can go in a new backpack designed pillow case.
  • For a person who is handy, wrap a gift in a tool box.
  • Put blouses and other gifts in decorative hat boxes and tie with a hair ribbon.
  • For the sewing enthusiast, wrap a gift in a fabric remnant and tie it with a piece of lace or ribbon.
  • Any kitchen gift can be wrapped in a colorful dish towel. Kitchen utensils can pop out of an oven mitt.
  • Place home-baked cookies in a reusable tin box, a kitchen container, or a decorated oatmeal box.
  • Use a colorful tablecloth to wrap dishes or dining room gifts.
  • For a reader, wrap a book in a reusable canvas shopping sack.
  • Wrap tools for a gardener in the pocket of an apron, planter, or bucket.
  • Hang earrings, bracelets, or necklaces right on the Christmas tree, or put them inside or around an open ornament.
  • Search the flea market, garage sales, and thrift stores for interesting old boxes that can be used as decorative packages.
  • Search the attic for old family photos and mementos and give them to your favorite relative wrapped in grandma's old hat and a lace curtain.
  • Salvation Army and Goodwill thrift shops often have good prices on leftover holiday wrapping paper.
  • Purchase gift bags from your local dollar stores and reuse them each year.
  • Used, but attractive, gift baskets are often offered at local thrift shops.
  • Christmas-theme fabric, with Velcro strips attached, can become reusable holiday wrap.

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