Let’s not beat about the bush – this Christmas lark is a costly business. From presents to decorations to food, it all adds up. Even the cost of wrapping the myriad of presents you have bought for friends and family can put a dent in your finances. It doesn’t have to, though. Here are some top tips for frugal present wrapping that won’t cost the earth:
Do you have some old books hanging around that you’ve read and don’t want to keep? Use the pages for wrapping smaller items, or stick multiple pages together to wrap larger items. If you don’t want to destroy your old books, you can pick up some pretty cheaply from your local charity shop.
Along the same lines, old maps make a great sheet of wrapping paper. If you don’t have any hanging around the house, you’ll probably find old road maps or atlases in charity shops that will cost much less than the £3-£4 you could spend on a roll of wrapping paper. You could even go the extra mile and wrap the present up in a destination that has particular meaning to the person receiving the gift.
Ok, it may look a little boring, but at around £1 for a roll, it’s a lot cheaper than wrapping paper. Plus, you can liven it up with a bit of string tied into a bow, or a hand-made gift tag. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even add designs to the paper in the form of stencils or stamps. Why not get children involved to add their own designs to the paper?
If you like it, then you should put a ribbon on it…If you use plain paper to wrap up your presents, you can always liven things up by putting a ribbon around it. Most ribbon is available quite cheaply from craft shops or market stalls. You can always make your own too, by taking an old shirt, dress or pillowcase, cutting it up into strips, and tying one around your gifts to give them a splash of colour.
..and for next year
Wrapping paper is always significantly reduced during the January sales, so why not buy and stock up for next Christmas?
Each year we throw away some 227,000 miles of wrapping paper, enough to circle the earth nine times. Hopefully, by being a bit more creative we can cut the waste, and cut the cost too.