- Use fabric. One of the great things about using fabric as gift wrap is that it won’t take up room in your garbage, and you won’t have to go through any great pains in order to reuse it! Buy fat quarters for a dollar or two for small gifts, or just buy a yard or so of whatever festive fabric you can find on sale. I actually have some gold lamé fabric that I found on sale for $2 per yard last year. Right before Christmas, many craft shops steeply discount their holiday prints, too. You could also use cheap fleece throws, either whole for big gifts or cut into pieces for smaller ones. Gather the fabric around the gift and tie with a strip of a different fabric, some yarn or a long piece of ribbon.
- Use scrapbook paper. Many of us have a nice stockpile of pretty papers, and these make great wrapping paper for small presents. Just cut and fold as you would any other wrapping paper, and make a scrapbooky nametag to tape to the gift with a coordinating print or solid.
- Use wall calendars. You’re going to be getting rid of your 2012 calendar in a few days anyway, right? Use the pictures as wrapping paper! It’s glossy and attractive, and will definitely look unique. You can also use the side featuring the days; particularly if the gift is for family, it might be fun to remember what you were doing earlier in the year by the notations that you’ve written down.
- Make brown paper packages tied up with string. Remember that simplicity has a certain charm, particularly around the holidays! And this particular combination made the cut for Julie Andrews’s favorite things!
- Use creative embellishments. Whether you’re using wrapping paper from the store or brown butcher paper, little add-ons contribute that something special to your package. Some seasonal items that you could use include pinecones, holiday-themed cookie cutters, a little bunch of holly or mistletoe, pompoms or a piece of costume jewelry.
What are some creative ways that you’ve wrapped or embellished gifts?