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Once you've spent a load of money on holiday gifts, it's time to think about wrapping them. Have you considered the supplies you need, and how much they can cost? Don't worry though – there is no need to break the bank on hiding the presents from wandering eyes.
Tips to Saving Money when Wrapping Gifts
Below are a few good tips to save you money when wrapping gifts!
Take advantage of free gift wrapping offers.
Some stores (especially local ones) may wrap presents you purchase from them for free. Don't leave before you take them up on the offer! This will not only save you money on wrapping paper and tape, but it will also save you time when it's time to get all those gifts under the tree.
Reuse gift wrap materials.
Never toss out good gift bags, boxes, or tissue paper when exchanging gifts with family. These items can be reused on future presents. Get a small shoe organizing tote to slide under your bed. Store your used wrapping supplies inside so you can easily find them rather than buying anything new.
Head to the dollar store.
If you do need new wrapping paper, forego the $5 specialty rolls and grab one for $1 at the dollar store. Yes, it will likely not be as thick or have the cute cartoon characters on it, but wrapping paper doesn't have to be luxurious. It's going to be ripped off in half a second so go for the cheapest out there.
Get creative and upcycle household items.
You don't have to go out and buy special paper for wrapping when there's a comics section in the newspaper! Fabric scraps can also be great for wrapping clothing – and leftover ribbon will make cute bows. If you need a box, consider empty cereal boxes, oatmeal cylinders, or even empty mason jars before you pay for flimsy cardboard to hold your gifts.
Stock up during post-holiday sales.
Once Christmas Day passes, retailers greatly reduce their holiday merchandise, including remaining wrapping paper, bows, and gift bags. Some of this stuff will go down to 75% or more off the regular price before it's sold out. Take advantage of these deals on December 26 to create a wrapping stockpile for future seasons.
Make your own wrapping paper.
Brown shipping paper can be decorated with markers and stamps to create a unique gift wrap. Paper grocery bags are another idea, for smaller presents. Pull the bag apart at the seams to have a place piece of paper, and get creative with the decorating.