How to Wrap Gifts Without Paper
A guide for the gift wrapping challenged ...
When I am trying to figure out how to wrap gifts, I try to think out of the literal box ...and paper. Instead, I try to find something useful to use for the wrapping. This really makes two gifts, which is fun. I don't spend much on the "wrapping" and usually it takes less time to fix up then if I used regular wrapping paper and ribbons.
- To me, gift wrapping doesn't get any easier than a fun tote bag, , backpack, briefcase or zipper bag from the thrift store or discount rack. I keep my eyes open for bags that are elegant, sporty or wacky. Just place the gift inside and you're ready to go.
- Rubbermaid totes and leftover dishes are one of the most useful things ever invented. Who can't use another one to organize a corner in the basement, a shelf in the closet, the trunk of their car? Put the gift inside and pop the lid on. You can even stick a bow on top.
- Sometimes when I am contemplating how to wrap gifts, I look around the house for an ordinary item, like a Kleenex box, for instance. I decorate it with contact paper. Then all I have to do is stuff a new kitchen towel, t-shirt or other small piece of clothing inside the box and leave a little tuft sticking out like a tissue.
- Use a fun pillowcase as your gift bag. I like ones made of satin, flannel or from a child's sheet set with cartoons on it. - Inexpensive plastic toolboxes make great "kits" for anything from snacks to craft supplies to tools.
- Other great gift containers I like include tins, canisters, plastic drawer sets, old instrument cases, travel laundry bags, coolers, old stationery boxes, and baskets with lids.