Sunday, December 4, 2011

Alternative Gift Wrap

Have you ever been caught with a gift but no gift wrap? Or maybe you like the idea of re-using. Well, I'm posting this idea to give you time to look around and think of all the things you have that can be used to wrap a gift.

If the gift is Asian-inspired, why not use sheets from an Asian newspaper, distributed free at places such as public libraries or Asian grocery stores? Whether simply black-and white-characters or bright colourful ads, both have great design appeal, especially paired with a garnish like these Japanese chopsticks.

The newspaper is a great place to find gift wrap: brightly-coloured comics for the young or young-at-heart, the sports section for a sports fan.

If you have a movie-buff on your list, why not use the local film society's printed monthly schedule for wrap?

For the world-traveller, why not wrap a travel book or travel-themed gift in a map?

There are so many sources of paper that can be pressed into service. These wee gifts were covered in small bits of leftover wall paper. So look around at all the paper you encounter. What can be re-purposed as gift wrap? The possibilities are endless. These are just a few ideas to get you going, now it's your turn. Why not get creative?

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