When we give gifts, half the fun is picking out the wrapping. Choosing the perfect cloak for your carefully curated gift is so much fun. At times, what is available in the gift wrap aisle is somewhat mundane. We admit, years ago gift wrap got a bum wrap. In the recent years pre-bought gift wrapping has made a comeback with all the ways it can be produced these days. But as the frills, cool prints and little add-ons have made their appearance so has the high price. Some of us have actually had the experience where the gift wrapping cost just as much as the gift. We adore the gift wrapping that keeps giving. This is when something in the gift wrapping can be used over and over again like a pin, magnet or ornament. It’s a great memento of a get-together or a private moment between two people. You can even make great candy BOxes.
The earliest recorded date of gift wrapping was in 1035 when a Persian traveler was walking through the street markets in Cairo and noticed that all the spices and hardware were wrapped in paper for the customer. We are so busy these days sometimes shopping for the gift itself is too time-consuming hence, the birth of the gift card. it’s hard for some of us to imagine sitting down and thinking through a good gift wrapping idea. Of course, we want the gift wrapping to match the occasion and more importantly match the receiver’s personality. Incredible looking homemade gift wrap does not have to be time-consuming and can even give the gift-giver some fun.
Who remembers quickly wrapping a friends gift in newspaper because you forgot the gift wrap? Well, now folks you can pay for that look. One gift wrap company got the idea to actually make wrapping to appear as though you did it on purpose. This type of gift wrapping has come back in vogue due to the “shabby chic movement”. A new take on the newspaper gift wrap is making little rosettes out of the same print. If you’re handy with a computer and printer, an endless amount of gift wrapping can be thought up, especially for smaller gifts. Gift wrapping doesn’t have to be difficult or break the bank, especially at the holidays. There are a plethora of fun articles with step by step instructions to some of the gorgeous gift wrapping. You would swear the wrapping was store bought.
Just a few neat eco-friendly household items to use for gift wrap that you probably never thought of are felt, paper grocery sacks, leftover clothe remnants, duct tape, yarn, baker’s twine, old stamps, craft or butcher’s paper, old VHS ribbon, kite string, street maps, free printable tags, old unused coloring books, and too many more to mention. The possibilities are endless, even for the most craft challenged of us. Usually, one can find ideas in craft magazines but more often than not, free printable items can be found on many wrapping paper sites or any items you would use in conjunction with wrapping presents like tape or scissors brands. Pinterest is another wonderful resource as well. Even they understand wrapping presents can be costly. Good Luck and remember to have fun!