I tend to be more of a gift bag person (because they’re so easy to save and reuse! And because I hate wrapping.) I do wrap things at Christmas because it’s more fun to open a wrapped gift. But.I.don’t.like.it.
Anyway, I had this small thing (DVD) for Hub’s birthday and I wanted to wrap it because I like watching him unwrap stuff (plus, it’s rare that he get’s something he doesn’t know he’s getting as the case was here!) But since I don’t usually wrap, my wrapping paper choices were (a) all things Christmas (b) Disney princesses and (c) Thomas the Train. While (c) would’ve been acceptable, I could only imagine the tears shed by Bug if (a) the Thomas the Train present wasn’t his or (b) Daddy ripped Thomas apart.
Then I saw my stack of newspapers I hadn’t taken the coupons out of yet and “ta-da!” I had my plan. I wrapped it in a sheet of the comics. And since it’s stiffer than wrapping paper it’s easier for people.who.hate.wrapping.gifts.because.they.are.no.good.at.it to wrap gifts.
And as a couponer, I always have Sunday papers lying around which means I always have perfectly good wrapping paper also! And I don’t have to “keep” it because I know I’ll be getting more every Sunday!
Other ways to save on wrapping paper:
- Buy Christmas wrapping paper after Christmas for 75-90% off
- Use brown postal paper (look in the section of Walmart/Target where the envelopes and bubble wrap are) Bonus: The kids can decorate this with crayons, markers, scissors, paint (painted handprints perhaps?) etc.
- Don’t wrap! :D Reuse your gift bags.
How do you save on wrapping gifts?