Best homemade holiday gift wrapping ideas

A  Facebook question of the week inspired our thrifty and frugal fans to tell us about their most unique ways to wrap gifts, often using repurposed materials. Here is a sample of their creative ideas.

  • Montana Rasmussen-Baird–My dad used to make me wrap presents in comics.
  • Nicole Kevo–This year I may crochet some gift bags so the bag itself is also a gift.
  • Patti Wigington–I gift people with presents in reusable shopping totes. That way they get a tote bag to carry into stores later.

  • Ros Bell–I use inexpensive cotton or linen dish towels to wrap gifts, usually in red and white. Then the person has something to reuse, regift or wrap my next present in! You also could use scarves in the same way, as the Japanese often do.
  • Hektor Bee–I once wrapped my sweetheart’s Christmas gifts in cardboard packaging from food items–granola bars, cereal, pasta, rice–she loved it. And it was uber colorful and 100 percent recyclable!
  • Laura Abbott–My grandmother always saved the Christmas cards from the previous year to cut and use for gift tags for the following year.
  • Molly Cooper Steere–We like to use old trail maps!
  • Hugh and Erin Hayes.Wheat–I like to wrap gifts in butcher paper that my son draws on. It’s what we use for his drawing anyway, so I just put it aside and save for later use as gift wrapping paper!
  • Megan Hirt–My morn makes decorative bows for packages using recycled ribbon and raffia, and dried pine cones from our backyard. It gives the wrapping an earthy, handmade look, and the pine cones look elegant under the tree.

  • Carrie Kann Mclntyre–Our gifts are primarily exchanged between family and extended family, so we have a regular supply of gift bags that are regifted between us. The same bag may be reused a dozen times, and because it’s family, we don’t care if the bag gets a little banged up in its many years of use.
  • Missy Wallace–We’ve used comic pages, aluminum foil, new or Goodwill T-shirts, fabric, sweatshirts, craft paper, paper grocery sacks (I use these for media mail, too) and store shopping bags.
  • Lindsay Frentrop–My husband is a woodworker and we use the wooden “ribbons” from his planer to make bows on packages that we’ve wrapped in comic book pages.
  • Yildiz Ardil Lamphers–I wrap gifts in silk scarves. It makes beautiful wrapping and provides something extra for the little ones to get creative with as they play.
  • Amy Barker–We use old car and flight maps (hubby is a pilot). Our little boys especially love that!

  • Marcy–I got a roll of blank newsprint from the local newspaper years ago. I use that paper for everything: giftwrapping, packing material, tracing the kids’ entire bodies for them to decorate, you name it!
  • Marci Reale Beikrnann–I baste two kitchen towels together, leaving the top open, then tie it closed with a ribbon. The recipient can remove the basting stitches and have two hand towels. Small gifts are wrapped, Furoshiki style, in new handkerchiefs. I’ve also made gift bags from Christmas prints on sale after the holidays. Some have drawstrings in the top, but most I just tie with ribbon.