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Monday, November 22, 2010

Unique Gift Wrap Ideas for the Holidays | Family Economics

By Cathe

Why cover that holiday gift with store-bought rolls of traditional wrapping paper when you can have fun listing everyday items that double as interesting packaging?!

Here are some items that work well for dressing up your gift:

-Dish towels

-New or vintage fabric

-Newspaper or magazine pages

-Bakery boxes

-Chamois cloths

-Vintage ledger paper

-Decorative pillow cases

-Scarf or handkerchiefs

-Fabric dinner napkins

-Brown paper bags with printing showing!


-Inexpensive canvas totes

-Pages from discarded books

-Vintage sheet music

-Butcher paper

-Large office envelopes

-The sleeve cut from an old shirt or sweater (great for wine gifts!)

-Ziploc® Brand holiday-themed bags and containers


Tie up your package with:



-New shoelaces

-Repurposed rope handles of shopping bags

-A new set of earphones

-Scarf or handkerchief

-Hair bands

-Metal ball-chain



-Measuring tape

-Sewing notions such as rick-rack, bias tape or hemming lace

-A new pet collar (for a pet owner, of course!)

-Colorful standard or shaped rubber bands

-Christmas tree garland


Decorate and label with:

-Rubber stamps

-Shipping labels

-Vintage office labels

-Office supply hang-tags

-Aluminum plant markers

-Paper key tags


Can you add to the lists?

7 Comments so far

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On Thursday, November 1, 2012, soulshine328 wrote

Where can I get the sheet music for Jingle Bells in wrapping papper form?

On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, Artsy in Vegas wrote

Great list! and DIY print at home Crossword puzzles, letters circled in red, or hidden messages in puzzle;

On Thursday, January 12, 2012, Kathryn wrote

Where did you get the vintage red labels?

On Wednesday, March 23, 2011, Maria in Fort Worth wrote

You can take a plain paper bag and personalize it. Cut it to the size of your gift for wrapping. Cover the entire paper bag by writing the name of the person in different styles: print, cursive, calligraphy and colors from: markers, paints, ink pens, and crayons. Let the paper dry thoroughly before wrapping. When the person gets the gift, don't be surprised if they marvel more at seeing their name written so many times than at the actual gift. They'll really feel special. Only a person who loves them madly would do this.

On Saturday, December 4, 2010, Merrill wrote

You can also use belts to tie your package, you can punch holes to fit the size of the gift box.

On Monday, November 22, 2010, Elaine Allen wrote

Great ideas Cathe! Thank you so much for sharing with us.

On Monday, November 22, 2010, Selena from Apron Thrift Girl wrote

I love creative ways to wrap Christmas presents. My children do a form of watercolor painting at their school called Wet on Wet. It creates such a beautiful finish and they are perfect for wrapping gifts or making gift cards.


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