This won't necessarily save you huge sums of money...at least not at first. Once you've determined that you're going to live this way, then you can watch for items on clearance and buy them in advance of an event instead of at the last minute. What this WILL do, is allow you to quit wasting your money on useless trash. It will transform your gift-giving into something new and original...and completely useful to the person receiving the gift!
There are several completely use-able ideas for "wrapping" gifts:
- A Blanket: Whether you're giving a baby-shower gift or a gift to a young child, a blanket is a fantastic, original way to wrap your gift. "Tie" it together with a cloth-diaper pin, a snappi, or a reusable ribbon. These receiving blankets are $1.67 each including shipping. I recently used this idea for a baby shower gift. I'll show you two different options for how to apply the "blanket" wrapping paper. Each has its own unique, fun look.
- Blanket "Wrapping" Style One ('Cause I'm creative with names that way. Don't judge. At least I didn't name my kids "Kid 1, 2, & 3"...or Dweezel. I expended all of my creative energy naming my children. But I digress.) This is the easiest way to wrap. You put the gift in the blanket and pull the ends of the blanket up.
- Blanket "Wrapping" Style Two (I know. Again with my brilliance at naming things.):
That's a matching brown ponytail holder holding it in the center.
(FYI: You can get ponytail holders for FREE this week at Walgreens!)
I simply added a real-ribbon bow to "pretty" this one up!
Place everything in the blanket and fold it nicely in the center.
Pin the blanket in the center to hold it in place.
Fold the ends in like you would with "regular" paper.
Pull the folded end up.
Pull the other side up and pin it connecting both pulled up ends.
Both sides are now pinned up securely.
You can add ribbon to "present" it on the front side.
Or you could make the ribbon "present" on the back side where it's pinned.
- A Towel: If you're giving a gift to an older boy or girl, a towel is a GREAT idea! Every child likes to have their "own" towel. Why not use it to wrap their gift? (After summer is a FANTASTIC time to find big swim towels on clearance!) Again, a cloth-diaper pin is great for securing the wrapping.
- A basket: You can find some really cute baskets (scroll down to the bottom of the page) at your local Dollar Tree.
- A cloth bag: There are so many options out there with cloth bags! For under $1 after shipping, you can get unprinted bags in many different colors. These reusable cloth bags are perfect for gifts and are incredibly affordable! If you're extra creative, you can add the recipient's name or another fun design on the bag. And who doesn't want a re-usable cloth bag these days! But how do you get that "tissue paper" look?
- A blanket or two or pre-fold cloth diapers (which make great burp cloths) all make really nice "tissue paper" for filling the top of a bag. They're not necessary, but really add a nice, fun touch!
This is one of my favorite gift-giving cloth bags.
What creative ways do you have for wrapping gifts?