Brown paper packages, tied up with string...
A thoughtfully presented gift is a joy to receive, but gorgeous gift-wrap doesn't have to come from an expensive store-bought roll. Think outside the box and you'll be amazed what pretty packages you can create with everyday bits and pieces.
Put together a gift wrapping kit so you're always ready to wrap, and collect and recycle any cute things that cross your path - bows, ribbons, trinkets, paper…
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Plain brown paper is a perfect "blank canvas". It makes a great backdrop for stamps, ribbons, lace, fabric, and anything else you feel like tying on. We've threaded buttons onto elastic - kids will especially love the "ping" factor. You could also thread beads, so that the recipient could then make a necklace.
|Plain brown paper, available from stationery and post shops, tissue paper|
|Pretty masking tape (fatherrabbit.com has some cute options)|
|Ribbons (stock up next time you are at Spotlight or The Warehouse) lace, twine, string|
|Printed and plain tea towels (stock up next time Briscoes are having a sale)|
|Stamps and inkpads|
|Coloured card and scrap-booking paper|
Little wooden pegs
|Fabric scraps, elastic in different widths|