Wrap 2014 Up With a Big Bow

Can you believe it? 2014 is almost to a close. I don’t know about you, but 2015 used to seem so far in the future and now it’s less than a month away.

As you’re wrapping up your final year-end responsibilities, you’re probably simultaneously wrapping up a few gifts for coworkers or loved ones. Here are five great printed (and recyclable) gift wrap ideas.

  1. Use newspaper
    • For those of you who still receive the daily paper, this one is easy. If you gather all of your news online, no fear! You can still buy a newspaper, and it’s cheaper than wrapping paper. Pair with a colorful bow and voila! A beautiful and low-cost wrapped gift.

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  1. Stamp paper
    • Have any rubber stamps lying around? If not, you can use virtually anything for a stamp. Your thumb, half of a lemon, or even carve the end of an eraser to make a basic shape. Just add ink and it turns wrapping paper from boring to extraordinary.

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  1. Pages out of an book or written music
    • Go to a thrift store or low-price bookstore, buy a ‘vintage’ or older looking book. You’ll have cost-efficient paper to wrap dozens of gifts. Is this gift for the musically talent or a child? Try written music or pages from a children’s book to add flair.

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  1. A Map
    • Maps can be beautiful and sentimental depending on whom you are giving the gift to and where they are from. You could even go as far as drawing on the map to show location and even add a little sparkle.

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  1. Print your own packaging
    • If you’re not a crafty person and none of these seem fun or appealing to you, you can always digitally print your packaging. There are lots of templates online that go straight from you computer to printer!

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Happy Holidays!

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