Budget-friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

Use brown construction paper to wrap gifts

Have you ever received a wrapped gift that was way too pretty to unwrap?  Lots of thought goes into picking the perfect gift for loved ones, so why not take the time to make the wrapping as memorable as the gift? But just because you want your package to be gorgeous, it doesn’t mean that it has to be expensive. Here’s a book that I wrapped very inexpensively for my friend Kate last year and I remember her saying: “Oh… the wrapping is so pretty.”

Here are some tips to get “pretty” while staying on budget:

  • I’m a huge fan of brown construction paper. I love the “au naturel” look and the fact that it’s environmentally friendly.
  • Brown paper also gives you a blank canvas to work with that can be either embellished or left under-decorated to preserve a minimalistic look.
  • To speed things up when wrapping several presents, get a few rolls of brown paper and wrap them all up the same. It’ll save you tons of time and frustration too.
  • Use clear tape. I’m very frugal with tape as I don’t want it to ruin the natural look I’m going for with the wrapping.
  • Get your alphabet stencil out to personalize each gift. Use upper case, lower case, or a mix of both and write on the side, the top or the bottom… it doesn’t matter.  I used a thin-point Sharpie to stencil but pen or colored pencils will also work. By stencilling you’re saving money since there’s no need for a Christmas gift card for each gift. More savings!
  • Tie a Raffia bow to fancy it up a bit while still keeping a natural look to your gift wrap. Did you know that Raffia is eco-friendly and inexpensive to boot?
  • Add cute ornaments to match the personality of the loved one you’re giving the gift to. The Dollar Store is a great place to shop for this type of small item.
  • Place under the Christmas tree and you’re done!

Check out our Pinterest board for elegant, playful, thoughtful and more budget-friendly wrapping ideas to make your presents stand out and be memorable.

Have fun wrapping!

Liette Tousignant

C0-Founder of Under The Roof Decorating

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