Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Can I get a red bow on that recession, please?

A couple days ago, my local news channel signed off for the evening by running through a short list of things one might do to save a little money this Christmas. Their closer? Wrap Christmas gifts in newspaper--just plain old unadorned, smeary, black-and-white newspaper.

This idea might be just a little too Walton's Mountain for my taste. Nothing says hard times quite like a holiday gift wrapped in pages torn from the Sears Roebuck catalog.

Even though I worked for quite a while with people who really could make a silk purse out of a Kroger sack, you don't have to be an artist to apply a little ingenuity to your presentation.

Tsutsumi (folded paper wrapping) at PingMag
Furoshiki (cloth gift wrapping) Techniques
Plastic bag bows at ReadyMade
Gift Packaging Roundup from Jess at How About Orange
Paper Flower CD Case from Curbly

Pictured: Peace, Love and Happy gift wrap alternative from Print*Pattern*Paper.

1 comment:

sarah said...

Looks like the bags pictured could easily be recreated with a pillow case, a stencil, some paint, and a ribbon.

Delight.com also has the brilliant idea of using those trendy reusable shopping bags as the gift wrap and thereby part of the gift! I'm a fan of envirosax and they've got a few styles on sale for 25% off on their website.