This week’s #romancingthehome theme is a special gift. My interpretation went a bit further… a specially wrapped gift! Who doesn’t love that?! I know that I do! But, have you seen how much those beautiful boxes, ribbons and gift wraps cost? You may as well upgrade the present for the extra 50 to 100 bucks that you would spend! It’s madness. A few years ago, I decided that I had had enough of this nonsense and looked to find ways to create beautiful gifts for a fraction of the cost. I’m quite pleased to say that it worked! So, without any further muss or fuss… here are my budget friendly gift wrapping ideas!
1. Kraft Paper
Yes, you read that right – I wrap my gifts in plain old brown paper. Although last year, I found it in red too – I bought a huge roll of it! You can get a 5 m roll of brown paper for anything between R 8 and R 10 (so under 1 US dollar) and it creates the perfect base of your gift wrapping. Here are just a few ideas of what you could do with it:
- Leave it plain and let the extra decorations on it stand out.
- Create some family fun and have the kids stamp it with their favourite holiday stamps (I clearly remember doing that one Christmas season as a child staying at my aunt’s house).
- You could even sketch a special memory or scene on it to commemorate the reason for the gift.
The possibilities really are endless!
The only thing to really look out for is the fact that the paper is quite see-through, so you need to double wrap the gift. It still works out a heck of a lot cheaper though!
2. String or Twine
Two years ago I picked up some simple red and white twine at Checkers. I don’t think that it cost me more than 20 bucks for about 5 meters. It added just the right amount of texture and colour to the gift. I like to tie it around the parcel and make the bow in different places, not just in the middle of the gift. I like that it’s slightly less expected.
You could also use jute or string, all depending on the look that you want to go for. Again, it’s a budget friendly way to dress up your gift.
Oh and if you’re cheap (or “budget conscious”) like me, collect the twine again once everyone is done opening their gifts. I still have most of the twine – I keep reusing it! My grandmother would be proud hahaha.
3. Permanent marker
What? A permanent market? But of course! It’s an easy way to address your gifts and add your personal message to them. As a bonus, you’re not going to run out of space like I usually do on the dinky little cards that you pay a fortune for!
If you want to get real fancy, you can get a few stick on labels. They are still quite budget friendly and you can get some very cute ones that will add an extra touch of fun.
Go for a walk about in your garden and see what you have lying around. A bit of rosemary? What about some lavender? A sprig of bay leaves perhaps? These are all so pretty, the smell delicious and they dry down pretty well too! They will definitely add to the sensory experience of the gift!
5. Ribbons & Bows
Ok, this could get a bit pricey if you let it, but you can make it stretch if you’re careful. I do buy the more expensive ribbon every now and again; I like to use it around just a few of the special gifts. Of course, I collect it all again once everyone is done opening their gifts. It’s expensive!
The other option is to get a few cheap paper bows from places like China Town or the Crazy Store and add those to your gift, just to add a bit of dimension and texture to the gift.
I hope that these budget friendly gift wrapping ideas helped you out! If they did, please send me a pic or link of your finished product, I would love to see it!
Don’t forget to check out my awesome friends for their interpretation of this week’s theme of a special gift:
Until next time friends!