Gift wrapping hacks to simplify this Christmas season! The holiday season is certainly the most expensive time of the year for many families! I ALWAYS look for little ways to save money where I can, and wrapping presents is no exception.
From how to adorn your gifts for FREE to what section of the store to get the BEST price on the same thing, you will save money with these present wrapping ideas, for sure! Over the years, I have used many of these ideas to stretch my Christmas budget and you can, too!
Gift Wrapping Ideas
1. Real Foliage
I love adorning holiday gifts with real foliage from our yard! It’s beautiful and likewise FREE, of course!! We happen to have a cedar tree and I always pluck a branch each year to use when wrapping gifts for family! One of my favorite looks is to wrap a gift with kraft paper and wrap bakers twine three or four times around it. Then, I tuck a sprig of cedar among the twine It’s beautiful!
2. Kraft Paper in the Paint Section
Here is a BIG SECRET: Did you know that most of the time, kraft paper is MUCH more inexpensive when you buy it in the paint section (next to the spray paint and house paint) than it is in the shipping section or wrapping paper section? It IS!! Check the prices for yourself! House painters use rolls of paper as drop cloths to splatter paint on. You can get a LONG roll for less!!
3. Free Gift Boxes and Wrapping
There are plenty of stores that offer free gift boxes and free wrapping services! Also, there are so many local boutiques where I live which wrap holiday gifts SO cute when someone purchases a gift for someone. There are many big box stores which offer it, too! In fact, Bed Bath and Beyond has a wrapping station where you can use their supplies and wrap your purchase right after you check out!
4. Reusable Bags
Personally, I love wrapping with paper and tape, but sometimes when I’m in a pinch, gift bags are a LIFESAVER for me!! I know SO many people who have gift wrapping supply storage which includes a big plastic tub of gift bags they’ve received to be reused. It’s FREE and still lovely! Whenever you receive a gift in a gift bag, neatly fold it and store it soon so it doesn’t get wrinkled. This will keep it looking new to reuse! It’s great for our planet and your pocketbook!
5. Scrapbooking Paper Stash
I have used my scrapbooking paper to wrap small gifts! It’s practically free because I bought it years ago and already have it on hand. There are so many beautiful patterns, so it makes for gorgeous wrapping paper, too!
6. Use Other Items for Wrapping Paper
Some people I know have used foil for a shiny look or newspaper for a neutral farmhouse style look for their holiday gift wrapping! I have used old sewing patterns I had in my collection from an antique shop. It’s a beautiful and unexpected holiday wrapping idea and will save you the money from buying extra gift wrap at the store.
7. Replace Ribbon with Fabric
I don’t know about you, but I have a fabric stash that rarely sees the light of day! Instead of buying expensive wired ribbon to adorn gifts, shop your stash! Tear your fabric ribbon into one or two-inch strips. It has a lovely shabby farmhouse look! I use this hack all year long, for holiday gifts and birthday gifts, too!
Even if you don’t have a fabric stash, it’s still more inexpensive to buy a yard of fabric and tear it into one-inch strips! All you have to do is make a ½ inch cut into the fabric with scissors the rest will tear easily by hand!
8. Christmas Clearance
Sometimes if I spy cute wrapping paper after the holiday season, I stock up at 70% off clearance prices! The next year, you’ll already have your gift wrap when you begin Christmas shopping and you will have gotten it for an excellent price!!
9. On Trend Twine
I love using both jute twine and bakers twine to wrap gifts!! We love the neutral farmhouse style look and both are MUCH cheaper than ribbon! I like to wind it around the gift 3-5 times, crisscrossing over instead of neatly in a row.
10. Bundle Items
This last idea, I do NOT recommend for children! Ha! At our house, I wrap all my children’s items individually, so they have more presents to open. For adults, however, you can combine their gifts and wrap in one box or gift bag. It’s a sensible hack that saves you money on supplies and time spent wrapping!
During the holiday season, we can all use ideas on how to save money!! These Christmas gift wrapping hacks will help you stretch your holiday budget further. Every little bit helps! Which ideas are you going to use this year? Let me know! I’m @Passion4Savings on Instagram. Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the season!!