You survived shopping on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and even Cyber Monday, but still, the fiasco of Christmas is not over just yet. Now, it’s time to wrap all of those goodies. Christmas wrapping, or as I like to call it, Christmas present accessorizing, is an expense that often gets overlooked. In some cases, the paper, tape, ribbons and bows cost more than the gift you’re wrapping!
This is something I realized the first Christmas I was married. Usually, I would wrap presents at my parent’s house and just bogart all the stuff my mom bought. Apparently, once you are employed and married, this is frowned upon by the parentals. In fact, aside from getting my own insurance, it’s one of the perks my parents experienced as I entered adulthood.
As was the case three years ago, finding money to buy for everyone in my family is a challenge. It takes much planning and a lot of saving. So, over the years I have had to become very creative with the way I wrap presents. Here are some ways I save money in the gift-wrap department, and hopefully they will help you too:
Use newspapers as wrapping papers and bows
I started doing this when I got a job at The Valdosta Daily Times. This method used to be looked down upon, but with the rise of the hipster armada, it has actually become quite trendy. Another trick I picked up at The Times (aside from my mad writing skills) is making newspaper bows. A woman who worked in advertising made one for a secret Santa present one year and from then on, I’ve been hooked on them. There are several methods and they are fairly easy to make. Just Google “how to make a newspaper bow” and you will see several links full of instructions.