by Margaret Cabaniss
Later this week I’m heading home for Christmas, so I’m trying to gather up all my gifts now and get a jump on wrapping before I hit the road. I’ve mentioned before my undying love for kraft-paper wrapped anything, and Christmas gifts are no exception. I would argue that there’s nothing more Christmas-y than a pile of brown paper packages underneath the tree…but arguing doesn’t really seem in keeping with the season, so I won’t push it.
It is, however, a dead simple and inexpensive way to wrap your gifts — not to mention a little more earth-friendly (less paper buying means less paper wasting, plus the lack of dyes apparently makes it easier to recycle). You can buy giant rolls of kraft paper for a few bucks at any office supply store, or online. But if you’re looking for something with a little more flair than plain paper and string, there are still plenty of easy ways to dress up your gifts.
Stephmodo’s jingle bells and baker’s twine are a small but adorable touch:
I love Agnes Blum’s little felt monster and brightly colored yarn — perfect for the kids:
Last year I made these gift bows out of old road maps…
…and this year I may have to try making these name tags instead: