Christmas season is the busiest time of the year. It is also the season of gift-giving where everybody gets a dose of gift-wrapping woes. Now that my plate is almost full from juggling homemaking, motherhood, wifey duties and blogging, I can no longer concentrate on tasks such as gift wrapping. I have to admit, I do love wrapping gifts and I think I have a knack for it but my problem is I lack time or at least it’s not my topmost priority to spend 10 minutes wrapping one gift to perfection like I used to.
With that I am sharing you some gift-wrapping ideas that could help lessen the burden (at least for those who suck at gift-wrapping) of such task that involves skills of those who work at a gift wrapping station. Which by the way is where I learned how to make gift bags made of wrapping paper. 😉
Anyway, here’s a few ways on how you can creatively wrap your gifts.
Brown paper bags.
Wrapped lil’ Ms. GJG’s gifts for her classmates and teachers using these brown paper bags and bird stickers and hearts from Green Days organic clothes.
Since lil’ Ms. GJG can’t write her name yet, I did the writing but she did put all the smiley faces on each bag. 🙂
Bought these Eco-friendly paper bags at National Bookstore. You can also opt to use craft paper or Manila paper as wrappers.
I know it would be easier to just buy gift tags but sometimes it is much better to create a personal tag. Receiving gifts with personalized tags makes me feel special, knowing the person made an effort with gift giving. I made these tags myself via Microsoft Word. I’m supposed to buy tags from 101 Grams of Eye Candy but failed to order ahead of time.
Reuse Paper bags & Eco-bags.
So what do you do with those paper bags you’ve acquired from all the shopping at your favorite stores? Well, I use to store them away until they gather dust. Especially those of shoshal (high end) paper stores such as Zara, Mango, Topshop and the like. But now that I’m anti-clutter, I don’t really mind reusing them for my gifts. Of course I have a few exemptions like those from Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Fendi, Tory Burch and the like heehee, those I’d like to keep after all they’re only a handful.
I’m a sucker for Eco-bags especially those that comes from a purchase but because I have my lovely Beansprout bags, I decided to let go of these Eco-bags as they would be adopted by families who can use them instead of being stashed under our kitchen sink. I’ve gathered enough Eco-bags to reuse and give to my relatives this Christmas. Perfect for putting heavy gifts that paper bags can’t handle.
Tag, tag and away!
My recycled paper bag isn’t complete because I wasn’t able to buy nga from 101 Grams of Eye Candy‘s “reuse” stickers. I also wasn’t able to create and print my “this is a reused bag” sticker too because I couldn’t find time to do so 🙁
Maps and catalogues used as a gift wrapper.
Bags with 101 Grams of Eye Candy‘s “recycled” stickers.
You see gift giving should not be expensive and that wrapping gifts can sometimes be easy and fun especially if you’re recycling and reusing bags. It’s very doable plus you get to help the environment!
Hope this post has inspired you to creatively think of ways to make gift-wrapping fun and Eco-friendly. For the last minute shoppers like me, this is the way to do it.
Anyway, I’m excited to share with you all a budding online business my friend Cai of Apples & Dumplings recently put up. They sell cute and chic paper products! You guys can check Paper Chic Studio if you want to place an order. I’ll blog about it soon (perhaps next year) when I’ve contained myself from the excitement of preparing for lil’ Ms. GJG and lil’ Mr. GJG double celebration.
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Hoping for a happy Friday!
Four days to go before Christmas!