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was not one of those people who put off buying Christmas gifts just because the
Mayan calendar stopped on December 21, 2012. World-class procrastinator that I am, though, I completed my gift list just a day ago, braving the horrible traffic
and huge crowds and ending up catching the flu virus. Again.
woke up today with incredible pain, with a wish that I would be okay this
Christmas plus a promise to myself that I will never stress myself yet again by
doing my Christmas 2013 shopping as early as September next year.
there I was, so into my gift-wrapping rhythm after taking some medicine, when I
realized I ran out of gift wrappers! Typical. Since I was not in the
mood to go out and buy some gift wrapper which the kids will tear away, anyway,
I decided instead to use:
such a pack rat and I tend to keep those brown paper bags from groceries, home
deliveries and department stores. Aside
from “saving-the-earth” vibes by recycling these as gift wrappers, I was able
to unleash my inner frantic artist by scribbling colorful Christmassy stuff on
them and tying them up with colorful red and green ribbons. Finally, I
personalized them with wonderful gift tags like those you can find at Stuck OnYou Australia. Believe me, the kids are
loving how these gifts wrapped in old paper bags look like underneath the
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never run out of my glossy magazines.
What better way to reducing my carbon footprint by using them as
gift-wrapping paper. I choose pages that
are colorful. I glue them together, wrap the gift and tie the gift up with
colorful ribbons or cords.
use newspapers. I use colorful tapes,
ribbons and cords and my gifts wrapped in old newspapers look so classy.
to spend so much on gift boxes that people will most likely throw away
anyway. I use old shoe boxes to wrap several gifts up. I make sure
the box doesn’t smell like old shoes, though.
Wrapping gifts don’t need to be expensive. Materials are there in your
home, ready to be used. Just be resourceful and artistic :).