I have spent many a Christmas Eve wrapping presents into the wee hours and falling asleep with the job undone. When you have children still at home, it can be a production. But I'm just talking about the fun kind!
There are really inexpensive ways to get the job done. The beautiful cards here, for instance, were two dollars a box at the thrift store. I make tags and banners and ornaments out of them.
The hobby shop had these pretty boxes on super sale. I put a few small gifts into it for my daughter's family to enjoy in the weeks before Christmas, ie., books, advent calendars, etc..
Little by little things are tucked inside until I'm ready to send it on.
These little muslin bags (from the bridal aisle of the craft store--about five bucks for a dozen) make a quick and fun bag for small gifts or an easy advent calendar. Just stamp or tag them with numbers, dress them up any way you like, and tuck goodies inside.
This beautiful white on white design wrapping paper is also from the thrift store. It works for all occasions and can be dressed up with colored trims. It's fun to stamp on too. (I stock up on different white and kraft papers because I like the look.)
I have a little vintage booth, so I buy tags in bulk from a retail store supply outlet. You can too. The price looks big when you buy so many at once, but it's actually cheaper than buying them anywhere else.
I did indulge myself with a few new rubber stamps this year. But the gold flecked thread was a thrift store buy (probably less than a dollar) that I have used for tags for a couple of years now. A LOT of tags.
Old book pages are fun to use. (Mine is from a dictionary.)
A couple of years ago I was lucky to find a box of one thousand large doilies at the thrift store for less than five dollars. Endless possibilities.
The Christmas scene here is on a letter sized envelope from the office supply.
The tissue I'm using in the box is left over from department store purchases. Rumpled is in now! :0)
I have plenty of regular Christmas wrap when I just need to get the job done (like on those many past Christmas Eve's). But this is more fun!
So there's my cheapo tips and tidbits for the season!
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