We all wish we could spend a million dollars on our loved ones. But, this is certainly not the year for it. What we can do is make our budget-friendly gifts look amazing and personalized.
The way to do this is not to spend more money on fancy gift bags and wrapping paper. Considering that each gift bag can easily cost $3 to $4 (or more, if it gets really fancy), and even a large roll of wrapping paper can be $18, it's not hard to drop more than $50 alone just on wrapping supplies alone during the holiday season.
Don't be that person. Instead, get creative and save some money.
Since the best gifts show careful consideration for the recipient, here are some of our favorite tricks:
Reuse Those Holiday Cards
You don't need to save every personalized holiday card. (Let's be honest, you got too many). So, cut off the personalized message and reuse the front. Voila, beautiful holiday card!
Pull out old calendars and wrap the present with calendar pages (the year is over, so you don't need it anymore!). In practice, this looks very cute.
Is your friend a movie buff? Try wrapping her gift in the entertainment section of the newspaper. Sports fan? You know where we’re going with this. Our favorite choice is for the kid-at-heart: the comics section.
Use a silvery or opaque shopping bag as your wrapping paper (or, aluminum foil!). Then, cut out strips of old maps or magazines in interesting patterns and textures and tape these over the silvery base.
For your favorite foodie, try putting the gift inside a basket or a food carton. Some people even wrap wine bottles in dish towels, which can look very cute! Using wrapping relevant to the gift shows that you matched the gift to the person’s interests, rather than buying something generic.