photo credit: Carole Carey
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, no wrapping paper, no Scotch tape to be found.
What’s a person to do? Get creative of course!
Rather than running out to the store to pay full price for wrapping paper and supplies, consider some of these easy substitutes:
Gift wrap. Use newspaper, or decorate brown paper bags or butcher paper. If your gift is small, you can use your computer to create gift wrap. You can use your simple word processing software to create gift wrap covered in the recipients name or a “Merry Christmas” message. You could even add photos if you want. Or you can use fabric scraps, blankets, scarves, socks, or cloth napkins. Try a piece of scrapbook paper or have your child draw on a plain sheet of paper. For big gifts, I’ve even used white plastic trash bags (just make sure the gift doesn’t get tossed!). Reusable totes work great, too!
Boxes. Look through your recycle bin and see if you have any cereal boxes or other containers that could be used. You could even turn the box inside out and decorate the outside. You can even make your own gift box.
Tags. You can always write who the recipient is right on the package, but if you want something a little more, you can create a gift tag from a scrap of paper or cardstock. Use a scrap of the wrapping paper to create a folded, matching tag. You can also use blank mailing labels or sticky notes to create tags.
Tape. If you’re a scrapbooker, look through your stash and use some adhesive. Chances are a few Glue Dots will work. You can twist the ends of the paper on the gift and tie it with string or twist ties. My favorite tape substitute: Use stickers. Any stickers will do, and can be great conversation starters.
Don’t get caught up in the presentation of the gift, and instead focus on the reason for giving the gift. Deliver your gift with a smile, and you’ll be sure to get one in return.
Your turn: What are some ways you’ve handled last-minute gift wrapping emergencies?