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Ever notice that it seems to cost nearly as much to wrap a holiday gift as it does to buy it? Here are some inexpensive and stylish ways to dress up your packages this holiday season. You can even use these ideas for other gift-giving occasions throughout the year.

Video: Save on Gift Wrapping


Just when you're finished holiday shopping, you realize that the presents still need to wrapped. Between wrapping paper, tags, tape and ribbon, you could be spend a small fortune. Here are some tips on gift wrapping that will keep you from breaking the bank.

Inexpensive Gift Wrapping Ideas

Loralee Leavitt

With the holidays approaching, it's time to think about gift giving. But when you buy gift bags, rolls of wrapping paper, or satin ribbon, the cost adds up. Here are a few gift wrapping ideas to help you save money as you wrap presents.

Inexpensive Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas

Reader Contributors

Our creative readers share their inexpensive Christmas gift wrap ideas. One reader shared, "I hate to spend money on gift bags and fancy paper that will just get thrown away, so I now purchase children's pillowcases when they are on sale. I put the child's gift into the pillowcase and tie the top with a ribbon or, if it's a girl, a ponytail holder. The child now has a special pillowcase that can be used along with whatever was inside. Don't miss the other great ideas!

My Story: Special Christmas Wrap

contributed by Donna

Reusing wrapping or making part of the gift serve as wrapping is thrifty. However, it also can serve as a way to think more fully about the recipient, to let them know you were thinking of their particular interests, and to keep family stories alive for the younger generations.

Creatively Wrap Gifts Without Paper

Melanie Farkas

When wrapping gifts, try to think out of the literal box... and paper. Instead, try to find something useful to use for the wrapping. This really makes two gifts, which is fun. Here are a few great secrets on how to wrap gifts without ever cutting a snip of paper. Plus, if you happen to like trees, here's a way to save a few.

Wrapping Holiday Gift Cards

Reader Solutions

She's looking for creative, exciting ways to wrap gift cards. One reader shares, "You could use a new quart size paint can. These are available at home centers or paint stores and are inexpensive. They are silver and could be decorated with stickers on the outside or left plain and just topped with a bow. They can even be mailed. Just put an address sticker directly on the can! Be really creative and add a note using the word 'can.' For example, try 'Now you CAN enjoy dinner on us!'"

Fun, Inexpensive Gift Wrapping

Diane Boykas

Keep the kids busy, save some money on wrapping paper this year, and surprise your friends and family with creative and heartfelt gift wrapping with these great ideas.

Wrap Up Your Holiday For Free!

Stephanie Stambaugh

Determined to save our holiday funds for presents and special holiday outings, our family has devised a list of holiday wrapping ideas that won't let a penny of our holiday gift budget "roll" out the door. Most of all, family and friends know their presents were wrapped with love.

Fabric Holiday Bags

Joyce Moseley Pierce

As my children were growing up, it always bothered me to buy wrapping paper only to see it thrown in the fireplace or trash after Christmas gifts were opened. I tried using comics but discovered I didn't like the black newsprint it left on my hands. We spent good money only to see it go up in smoke. I began to look for a solution and found one in fabric holiday bags.

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