Cheap and Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

December 21, 2011 in Thrifty Tips

I’m officially done with my Christmas shopping (finally!) and started my gift wrapping tonight. Gift wrap can be really expensive for something that will be torn apart in a few seconds, but I love beautifully wrapped gifts.  Here are some inexpensive ways that I wrapped my gifts this year:

These first two are great for Secret Santa or White Elephant (aka Yankee Swap) gifts.  I think a cheap gift becomes more exciting when there’s creativity in the presentation.

Faux Frappucino
I found the idea for this one on Pinterest from Little Cakes.  The barista at Starbucks gave me an empty cup and I made it a Peppermint Mocha Frappucino by using a brown paper bag for the bottom of the cup, surrounding the gift card with mini candy canes and putting white tissue paper on the top.  A little red curling ribbon adds to the fun.

Popcorn & A Movie
Here’s a fun way to present a movie theater gift card.  A package of movie theater butter popcorn is in the bag along with the gift card.

Gift Wrap Bows
I learned how to make gift wrap bows from a tutorial the amazing Amanda of Oh Amanda posted a couple of years ago.  They’re easy to make and a great way to use those awkward pieces of gift wrap that you don’t know how to use.

Tissue Paper Flowers
This present was wrapped with a flower made from leftover tissue paper, a brown paper bag and a piece of ribbon.  There’s a great tissue paper flower tutorial over at Spotted Canary.

Are you finished with wrapping your Christmas gifts? 

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Sharm's Outlet December 26, 2011 at 9:56 am

I love your ideas on wrapping… very creative…


Single & Saving December 29, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Thank you!


Janet Aronica January 10, 2013 at 11:05 am

I love using brown paper bag! It actually looks really pretty when done with different ribbons etc and it’s eco-friendly. I’m trying to stock up on Christmas ribbons now when everything is on sale and I’m going to hold on to it for later.


Single & Saving January 10, 2013 at 11:19 pm

That’s a great idea to stock up on Christmas ribbons while they’re on clearance. Thanks for the tip! I’m going to look for ribbon this weekend for next year’s gifts.


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