Frugal Gift Wrapping Ideas

Did you know that most wrapping paper is not recyclable?

You don’t have to use wrapping paper to have beautiful gifts under the tree. Here are a few inexpensive and “green” gift wrapping ideas.

Comics Wrapping Paper


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I don’t think wrapping gifts with the comics section of the Sunday paper will ever go out of style. This is an easy and very inexpensive way to wrap a Christmas gift!

Wrap in a Map

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I cannot believe how many maps I have thrown out over years. It seems like every time we move we end up with numerous copies of the same map.

If you have a friend or family member who loves to travel, an old map makes great wrapping paper!

Paper Bags

A few years ago I wrapped all our gifts in brown paper bags. I used a coupon to buy nice ribbon at Michael’s so I was able to wrap all our gifts for under $10.

Butcher/ Craft Paper

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You can purchase a huge roll of butcher or craft paper for under $10. I have one roll that lasted us almost three years! A few years ago my kids decorated the paper with stamps and artwork, but it’s also pretty just to keep it plain.

The Gift is the Wrapping Paper

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Wrapping gifts in towels, pillow cases, bowls, or baskets is a great way to incorporate the gift in the packaging. There isn’t any paper to recycle or throw away either!

Handkerchief Gift Wrap

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Do you have any handkerchief’s hiding in your closet. Recycle them and use them as gift wrap. If you don’t have any, you can always pick them up at the thrift store. They are usually lots of choices and they are cheap!

Fabric Gift Wrap

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If you have basic sewing skills you can make these fabric gift bags that are reusable. Even if you don’t have any sewing skills you can wrap gifts in fabric. Just use a ribbon to tie it together when finished.

Shop the clearance bin at your local fabric store for inexpensive quality fabric to use for wrapping gifts all year long.

See more frugal gift wrap ideas here.

If you need more inspiration for homemade gift wrap check out my Pinterest DIY gift wrap board.

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  1. A friend of mine one year used newpaper. It was a great way to recylce her newspaper and obviously she got twice her money out of the paper!! 🙂

  2. I love to wrap in butcher paper and then make a “box” out of hard candy tied together with inexpensive curling ribbon that I wrap also around the gift and then curl. It makes a very cute bow…. half of which becomes part of the gift as well. Lollipops also make a cute addition to the bow. 🙂

  3. Can you share where you get the bucher/craft paper? I’ve been looking for some for FOREVER for the lads to use, and the only stuff I find is expensive. 🙂 Thanks!

  4. Great post! I’ve been finding lots of brown paper and vintage wrapping paper at thrift stores this year. I love the natural look of packages wrapped in recycled paper. Great ideas!

  5. TheHappyHousewife says:

    I got mine from Lakeshore learning (I think?) I bought it in bulk a few years ago so I’m not quite sure. I have seen it at Costco during certain times of the year.


  6. We love wrapping in comics but I never thought to use maps! You can be sure I’ll be looking out at yard sales this summer for that. Thanks!

  7. These are each excellent ideas. I like how you used all brown paper bags one year – that’s a good one! I write a blog about gift wrapping and love to make my gifts unique, but around Christmas it can honestly stress me out. I love the idea of just using one standard material (that can already hold something!) for all your gifts for the season.

  8. i have been wrapping exclusively with cloth for 5 years and love it!

  9. You can usually get unprinted newspaper from newspaper printers…We use it in the summer as a fun craft project, just roll out on the sidewalk and use tempra paint or crayons/markers to decorate, roll back up and you have instant wrapping paper at Christmas time…My kids love to put their footprints on it!!

  10. Love all your fabulous ideas, using the Sunday comics = brilliant! I added your idea to this list – 10 Beautiful Gift Wrapping Ideas. Feel free to add more creative wrapping ideas!!

  11. Such great ideas!! I am especially loving the comics as a gift wrap idea …that was featured on this list of Beautiful Gift Wrapping Ideas >

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