Fun fact: my mom is one of the best gift wrappers that I know. Truly – it’s a talent and each year it’s been so fun to see what she’ll come up with next. The best part? She doesn’t spend that much money (if any) on materials. Some of the coolest gifts I’ve gotten have been wrapped creatively in a pillow case (a pillow case!), or a reusable shopping bag. I’ve learned so much from her when it comes to creative life hacks, and this was definitely something that I held on to.
For me, I always gravitate towards simple. (shocking, right?) But I love a clean gift wrapped in kraft paper and a little greenery. Or one year, I wrapped all of my families gifts in kraft paper with a string of twine, and the way they could tell it was theirs is because I had a black and white photo printed out of us, and slid it underneath the twine. A gift within a gift. Super minimal.
This year I wanted to try something a little different. Same, same, but different. Instead of buying rolls of kraft paper like I do every year, I put my brain to work and thought long and hard about what I already have on hand that could be used as wrapping paper. And that’s when it hit me: grocery bags! I usually use reusable bags, but raise your hand if you forget half of the time ;) So whenever I have paper bags, I save them and keep them under the sink for recycling.
I bet you know where I’m going with this.
Minimalist gift wrapping idea for the holidays:
I cut the paper bags (with my all time favorite scissors) to fit the desired gift (the example given here is one of my all time favorite books!) I used some tape, and garnished it with a piece of garland that I have hanging in my home. Honestly the garland is super full and it doesn’t even look like it’s missing pieces, haha! But get creative here! You can pull from your Christmas tree, grab a piece of nature, draw a picture on the front, use a black sharpie and practice your calligraphy by artistically writing out their name, OR, use cinnamon sticks and tie them with bakers twine that you have in your kitchen! (I just came up with that idea while writing this and wish that I would have thought about that when I took the photos for this post! Totally using that idea this year) Right there you’ve spent MAYBE $3. (maybe) Not bad, right?