How to Wrap Gifts on a Budget

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Wrapping Christmas gifts can break our budget, especially when we want to give the best presents possible to friends and loved ones. The following are a few inexpensive and creative ways to showcase gifts, ones that create the wow factor while staying within our means.

Buy in Bulk

  • Online bulk options to buy wrapping supplies equates to saving money.
  • Search for close-outs and going-out-of-business options.
  • Post-Christmas sales include savings from 50 to 75 percent off the original price. Store until next Christmas.

Creative Tips

  • Invest in curling ribbon for your projects. YouTube has how-to videos that show even the novice innovative ways to make a package look spectacular.
  • Use inexpensive wrapping paper to wrap a box. Look for YouTube tutorials.
  • Cut scraps of wrapping paper to design gift tags. A hole punch makes the perfect spot to insert some curling ribbon or twine.
  • Cut pieces of cardboard into gift tags. Those can be stenciled, painted, artfully handwritten or calligraphed, and/or decorated with miniature flowers and lace then simply let your imagination run wild.
  • Decorate plain brown wrapping paper with dollar store finds—artificial flowers, doilies, stencils, ribbon, and tie with ribbon, twine, or burlap.
  • Fashion Christmas cards into gift tags
  • Dry flowers to add a personal touch to gift wrap and handmade cards. The 3-D effect is unique and nostalgic. YouTube has several video tutorials
  • Hand-paint white or brown paper to personalize your gift wrap.
  • Pinterest has a ton (well, maybe not a ton) of fun ideas.

Department Store Finds

  • Fabric shops have remnant tables with an assortment of sewing supplies, craft items, and small pieces of fabric.
  • Craft and hobby stores are a budget-seekers delight
  • Hardware stores have bins of ideas to fuel the imagination—don’t forget the paint samples

Dollar Stores are Amazing

  • Christmas paper selections,
  • Gift bags
  • Boxes of various sizes
  • Ribbon
  • Stickers – every type imaginable
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Marker, watercolor, and other art needs
  • Small Christmas ornaments dress up a package
  • Christmas towels to wrap homemade goodies

Nothing Beats Free!

  • Some retail stores will wrap gifts as a service to customers.
  • Many clothing items have extra buttons and ribbons that can be used decoratively
  • Purchase gift items from retail stores that use sturdy paper bags.
  • Out of brown paper, use an old-fashioned grocery store bag.

The imaginative person allows ingenuity to bring fun into a beautifully wrapped, Christmas gift. What budget-friendly ideas can you share?