Every month it feels like I am wrapping at least one present. If not for a holiday then it’s for a birthday, baby shower, graduation, and so on. These occasions seems to pop-up out of nowhere sometimes. Thankfully, I always have a well-stocked supply of wrapping goodies. I thought I would share with you some of my easy and free ways to wrap presents. After all, these occasions happen a lot, so why not save where you can. Here are a few of my go-to ideas!
- Balloon Strings – When you have kids, there is bound to be a balloon here or there. Especially after a birthday party or a festive occasion. After your balloon deflates, cut off the ribbon and save it in a bag. I have a Ziplock bag full of balloon ribbons. They are perfect for tying presents together, or curl them to make fun decorative present toppers!
- Comic Newspaper Section – This is one you always read about, but it’s just too cute not to mention. This is especially great for little kids presents, or the “big kid” in your family.
- Gift Bags – I don’t know about you, but I get a ton of these from family members! They are the perfect item to save and re-use. They have only been used for a short while and are usually in perfect condition. I have one really large gift bag in my closet that has a TON of smaller sized gift bags inside. Gift bags are such an easy way to gift wrap. (Something to keep in mind: try and remember who gave you what bag. It wouldn’t be the end of the world if you gave it back, but if you could give it to another person, it would probably be better, hehe.)
- Tissue Paper – There are many clothing stores that will wrap your purchase in a few sheets of tissue paper before being placed in your store bag. Instead of throwing away all these sheets, fold them up and save them with your gift bags for safe keeping.
- Store Bag Handles – Some store bags have pretty ribbon as handles. I like to cut them off before I recycle the bag (if the bag isn’t something I am going to use). This ribbon can be tied in a cute bow, or some other decorative piece for your present.
- Gift Boxes – I always make sure to get boxes from the stores I make purchases from around the holidays. A lot of companies are cutting back, but there are still a bunch out there that will give you a free box with your purchase. Always take them up on this great offer and be sure to get a box for every item. If you decide later to combine items into one box, then save what you have left for another occasion. Plus, when you are given a gift box at your birthday or special event, but sure to save it. You never know when it will come in handy!
Not only will these tips help you to save money, but they are also earth-friendly ways to cut back on what we put into our landfills. Why not reuse a gift bag, or give new life to the comic section? These simple changes will help your carbon footprint and save a little green.
Of these 6 tips, are there any you already do? Or, what do you think you will try?