Fun ways to save on wrapping gifts

So it’s one thing to have bought all your Christmas gifts and beaten the shopping mayhem, but cue the next headache as you now realise all of those gifts need to be wrapped. With a blow to your pocket already after having spent on the actual gift, wrapping on a budget is the way to go.

Moneybags journalist, Danielle van Wyk, looks at a few fun ways to save on wrapping gifts this festive season.

  1. Computer printed: Living in the digital era, we have so many technological tools at our disposal, arguably the greatest of them all is the computer. Using this to personalise your wrapping is quick and easy and very cost effective. According to Real Simple, it is one of the easiest and most creative ways to wrap. Simply buy sheets of paper, compute your design, print it and you’re on your way.
  1. Cut outs: Another cheap way to add a special touch to your gift wrapping without breaking the bank is by using magazine cut outs, or comic book pages, old maps, even wallpaper. Most of these are items that can be found around the house. Simply measure the item you are wanting to wrap and correlate that to the cut-out you are wanting to use and get wrapping.
  1. Colourful plastic bags: At some stage or other we have all potentially run out of paper and been in a panic wanting to get the gift wrapped. How about “reusing colourful plastic bags. Triple-bagging the gift, knotting together the handles, then cutting the tops of the loops and fanning out the pieces,” suggested Real Simple.
  1. Dish towel: Most people love being gifted and gifting a good bottle of wine, but the trickiness comes in when deciding how to wrap it at times, and maybe not wanting to spend on overpriced gift bags. This is where practicality meets creativity, why not use a pretty dish towel to wrap it in and secure it with a ribbon, that way the wrapping in itself can be used.
  1. Hand prints: This time of year with everything that needs doing before the big day, keeping the kids occupied is key. Get them involved in the gift wrapping process by buying and laying out big sheets of paper and getting them to paint their hands and fill the sheet with hand prints or finger art, wait for it to dry and wrap away.
  1. Flowers: Making use of either fresh or dried flowers to stick to a sheet of paper or to gather at the top of a gift box is a lovely seasonal way to put in effort but remain within budget. It is also guaranteed to put a smile on the face of the person you are gifting.
  1. Photographs: One of the most personal and cost effective ways to wrap a gift is making use of photographs. Simply print them out on sheets of paper and use it to cover a box that you have around the house, giving it a fresh look.


Make gift wrapping a fun activity for the entire family this season, saving on money and time, as many hands make the load lighter.