I hate those paper gift bags with tissue paper sticking out the top: I think they're ugly, and a lot of times the presents peek out (since they're just dropped in rather than really wrapped).
So today I'm sharing a list of ideas of wrapping alternatives (one of the things I love is that the frugal options are also green!):
- Make your own gift tags out of construction paper and/or last years Christmas cards [link]
- Use fabric gift bags (this is what we do) [link to my crafty shop blog where I talked about them] They are super easy, even little kids can wrap/unwrap with ease, and in the off-season we use them for storing breakable ornaments and twinkle lights!
- Cut up paper shopping bags to be your paper (some are colorful already, others can be decorated with stamping or stickers) [link]
- Get a roll of plain craft paper (so it's nice and wide), and decorate it--or leave the paper plain and just use pretty ribbons to brighten the package [link]
- Use old vinyl record covers (very cheap at thrift stores) to make cards or stiff mailing/packing envelopes [link]
- Use old maps--they are visually interesting, and most of us have some outdated ones (or ones from areas where we no longer live) [link]
- Reuse those metal cookie/popcorn tins--just wash them out and fill them back up!
- Save, trim, and re-use regular wrapping paper (though like I said, I think that reusing more than once or twice gets looking tacky pretty fast...)
- Try newspaper
- Do you have any other suggestions?! Leave them in the comments!