Ways to Save on Christmas Wrap
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Ways to Save on Christmas Wrap

Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2012 at 7:00 am
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Don't spend a fortune on Christmas wrapping paper this year!  Save money by repurposing alternative forms of wrapping paper.Every Christmas, young children jump out of bed and are delighted by the sight of all those wrapped presents under the tree. It doesn’t matter if you are exceptionally talented at gift wrapping, or if you struggle with it. Either way, you are going to need some gift wrap! You can save money on gift wrap by using non-traditional paper, or by taking advantage of after holiday sales.

How to Save on Wrapping Paper

Toilet Paper Rolls
It may sound strange, but it works really well! Save up some cardboard toilet paper rolls, and try out this idea from Living Practically Cover the toilet paper roll with some decorative scrapbook paper. Put a small gift inside the roll. Push the ends together to close it. It kind of makes a round “box”. Attach some ribbons or a plastic bow and you are done!

Old Maps
Many of us rely on GPS instead of paper maps. You probably have some outdated maps in the glove compartment of your car. Or, maybe you have an old road atlas or two from family vacations. Maps are usually printed on sturdy paper that is at least as thick as regular wrapping paper would be. Use the maps to wrap Christmas gifts in. Family members or friends who love to travel will enjoy this alternative type of wrapping paper, (especially if a travel related gift is inside)! This idea came from The Living Green Solution blog.

Newspaper
This is my favorite form of alternative wrapping paper! There is something uniquely visually interesting about a gift that is wrapped in text. This will be pleasing to the writers in your family and the loved ones who are “green”. You can add a bow or ribbon for decoration if you want. The Gave That blog has some photos that show how lovely this can be.

After Christmas Sales
The very best time to buy Christmas wrapping paper is the day after Christmas. Stores need to get it off their shelves in order to make room for the next batch of holiday related products. They start putting the Christmas wrap on sale at a deep discount. The longer the supply lingers, the lower the price will go!

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