BLOGMAS (Dec. 22) | Gift Wrapping

I finally wrapped all the presents left and put them under the tree. There were only a few presents to wrap and most of them were for Russell. I can’t believe Christmas is only a few days away!

I wrote about this in a previous post, but this year Russ and I took the approach of using up what we already had on hand instead of going out to buy more Christmas wrapping paper, ribbon, and tags. I love doing this because it forces you to be more creative. Plus, it goes with the minimalist lifestyle and almost (but not quite) zero waste.

I normally have kraft wrapping paper handy since I feel as if you can use it for any occasion and jazz it up with ribbon and decorations. I bought a giant roll of kraft wrapping paper years ago on sale and I still have a bunch of it. Definitely worth investing in kraft paper. For some of the presents, I went the classic route and stuck with white, black, silver, and/or gold ribbon while other I used green or red twine. Since I also like to sew and create garlands, I do have a bunch of twine and ribbons of all colors handy. For the tags, I used up the alphabetical stickers I’ve had for years but never had the heart to use (because they’re so pretty!). But after a brief self pep-talk, I was able to remind myself that I buy paper crafting supplies because they’re meant to be used and what better than to use them for other people.

I had a few small presents for Russell but this one with a giant red bow on it is my favorite. It looks like a proper Christmas present. This is what I mean about kraft wrapping paper – it’s so versatile and acts as a good backdrop for fancier ribbons or stickers.

Anyways, that’s all for now. I hope you are all feeling the holiday spirit and getting on with your festivities.