Wrapping Paper- Frugal Savings

I have a tip I'd like to share with everyone. Birthday and gift paper is so expensive to buy all year and right now there are some great sales on wrapping paper. Every Christmas I buy wrapping paper and bows that don't look to Christmassy and use the left overs for wrapping birthday presents

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    I have a tip I'd like to share with everyone. Birthday and gift paper is so expensive to buy all year and right now there are some great sales on wrapping paper. Every Christmas I buy wrapping paper and bows that don't look to Christmassy and use the left overs for wrapping birthday presents the rest of the year.

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    Re: Budget101.com : Wrapping Paper


    Nice idea! Another idea is to go to a school supply store and get tear off sheets of bulk paper. Then, make patterns on the paper using various shapes and objects and paint.
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    What I do is catch the after Christmas sales at the
    Dollar Stores. It ususally runs for only $1 roll, but
    I catch it half off so it is only $.50 then. I get at
    least 10 rolls every year so I will have it, plus I
    supply family with some too. And then for other
    holiday other than Christmas, I wrap gifts with the
    white side out and let my kids decorate it. They love
    it giving it to their friends with there own designs
    on it.
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    I do the same thing! I get bags and bags of bows after Christmas dirt
    cheap, and try to get as much non-christmasy wrapping paper as possible.

    I also have two birthdays right after Christmas- my daughter will be 5

    on the 27th, and my son will be 8 on Jan 15th. We celebrate them
    together in January, but it's great getting their wrapping paper and
    bows taken care of cheap before hand.
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    If you have a newspaper that's printed near your home, another idea
    for year-round wrapping paper is to buy roll ends of newsprint from
    the printer. When I was homeschooling my youngest, I would buy one or
    two of these roll ends per year at $1 each, and it kept us in paper
    all year for various art projects, wrapping, time lines, etc.

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    Wow, I thought my idea for buying wrapping paper was pretty good, but the money saving ideas I've been reading here are just terrific. All of you just amaze me sometimes.
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    Last year I put all the Christmas presents in pillow cases and the receivers
    liked the idea. I plan to do it again this year.
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    Wal mart has wrapping paper for 88 cents sometimes. It is decent size rolls. Also the Dollar Tree store stores have character paper...this year I got princesses, mickey mouse and Winnie the Pooh for $1 each.

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    I've taken to using newspaper for wrapping paper and it's saved us a lot of money and people think it's cute, and it's recyclable! We just wrap the presents in newspaper, and then decorate the package with ribbons, stickers, or use paint\marker to color little things like Christmas trees, etc on it. I used some leftover wrapping paper scraps to make little cut outs of trees and candy canes, etc and glued them onto the newspaper (or you can use a large holepunch or scrap book punch for cute little figures). They are just too cute, it's super cheap and everyone is so delighted by the wrapping!
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    Re: Wrapping Paper


    Another similar idea is to buy a roll of brown meat wrapping paper. I
    found some at the grocery store. I usually tie some raffia around it
    and decorate some cardboard for tags. It looks very country.
    The paper has a twofold use. When I'm cutting out patterns for sewing,
    I trace the pieces onto butcher paper. It saves them for the future and
    it is wonderful for cutting the fabric! Simply iron the butcher pattern
    onto the fabric and it sticks! No pinning required!
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    Laurie wrote:
    > Every Christmas I buy wrapping paper and bows that don't look too
    >Christmassy and use the left overs for wrapping birthday presents
    the >rest of the year.


    What a great idea! I'll have to keep that in mind when I buy the next
    roll of Christmas wrapping paper.

    One thing I like to do with my family (immediate & extended) is use
    gift bags. I recycle/reuse all gift bags which we have received gifts
    in. I also recycle/reuse tissue paper inside the bags if it is still
    in good condition (not totally crumpled or torn).

    I've found that kids don't really care about the packaging, it's the
    gift inside they care about. I have used the same Christmas themed
    gift bags for my children for about 3 years now and have yet to hear
    a complaint or see anything but excitement on their faces. Any gift
    bags with pictures of Santa on them are the ones I use for gifts FROM
    Santa.

    Also, when I worked at Nordstrom, the majority of gifts I gave
    were "wrapped" in the silver and gold boxes. Anytime I bought
    something, whether it was for myself or someone else, I asked for a
    gift box. I always had a gift box available that didn't nead to be
    wrapped in paper, and I would buy fun or funky bows or ribbons to put
    on top. ***Important Note, from someone who worked in the retail
    industry: If you give a gift to someone, please be sure to include a
    gift tag or gift receipt (you have NO IDEA how much easier it makes
    returns/exchanges until you've worked retail!!!). This is especially
    important if the GIFT was from one store but the gift-BOX is from a
    different store!

    Not only is recycling/reusing frugal, it is much more earth friendly
    than a bag full of wrapping paper being thrown out on Christmas
    morning!


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    Re: Wrapping Paper/believing in Santa


    I do something similiar for the From Santa gifts- I use ONLY tags
    with Santa on them, and ONLY paper with candy canes on it (I got a
    REALLY good deal a few years ago on green checked paper with big
    cartoony candy canes on it- I picked up 5, and still have 3 left
    even after wrapping this year!), so that way, I can tell visually
    which presents are from Santa, and which aren't. Makes it easier for
    me to sort.


    When my son was a baby, and my oldest daughter was about 4, maybe 5,
    she picked out something crucial on Christmas Morning. We're in the
    middle of presents when I hear....

    "Hey Mom, Santa uses the same wrapping paper as you!"

    It actually didn't occure to her to connect the two outside of that,
    though. She is almost 11 now, and I approached her this year to ask
    her what her thoughts on Santa were, and she plugged her ears,
    closed her eyes, and started singing. When we got her to stop, she
    said, "Mom, Santa's real. I don't care what anyone else says. I've
    HEARD him!"

    I laughed and said, "Good, cause I sure as heck know I can't afford
    all the presents you guys get.."
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    Re: Wrapping Paper/believing in Santa


    LOL I loved your stories....

    When my kids noticed that Santa used the same wrapping paper that I
    did, I explained to them that Santa had sent me an email that he was
    running out of paper, so I'd left some out for him to use along with
    the cookies and eggnog.

    Here's a completely FREE thing you can do for Christmas that will
    absolutely thrill a younger child: We used to have our neighbor or
    another friend call up our youngest on Christmas Eve and say he was
    Santa and he was on his way! You should have seen her scoot up the
    stairs to bed after the call! "I gotta go, Santa's coming!"

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    : Wrapping Paper/believing in Santa


    I have a 12 yo boy (just turned 12) who still believes in Santa. I wonder how... but, hey, I ain't gonna burst his bubble. His friends can do that.
    I have always used a different wrapping paper for the santa gifts.
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    Re: Wrapping Paper/believing in Santa




    My 10 year old son still believes in Santa too. Last year my partner
    and I took my kids and her God-daughter to see Santa. That's when my
    son started to wonder "How can Santa be at all of the malls and
    shopping centers at one time?" I told my kids that Santa has lots
    of "helpers", such as the Santa's you see at the malls and shopping
    centers.

    When I use wrapping paper instead of gift bags, I always make sure
    Santa's paper is different from my paper!

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