All wrapped up – in fabric!

Last year I wrote about some of the alternatives to wrapping paper.  Buying wrapping paper can be costly and it literally just gets thrown straight in the bin once the gifts have been opened.  I think it is just such a waste for the five second buzz of opening a gift.  I also think if the best thing about the gift is the wrapping paper, then why bother giving that gift in the first place!

I went into that in quite a lot of detail recently in a series of posts about changing the future of gift giving.  I decided that this year I was going to give  good feelings, good timessecondhand or homemade items,  help and support to loved ones and friends rather than a whole load of new stuff destined to clutter up their homes on their way to landfill!

I did buy quite a number of secondhand gifts though – mainly for my children and hunted around my house for things to wrap them up in.  Amazingly I paid a total of around £15 for all the items above.  I found these great bargains in charity shops and school sales!

I had some blue fabric lying around which my mum had given me a while ago and as blue is my 4 year olds favourite colour,  I knew he would approve of me wrapping his presents in it.  My mum also gave me a bag full of ribbons, decorative string and tassels.  I dug out all the gold coloured ones and tied up the gifts.  They looked so appealing, I wanted to open them!  When I ran out of blue fabric, I wrapped up a gift in an old kids t-shirt.

I wrapped my younger son’s gifts in his old babygrows using all the blue ribbon I could find! I also used a couple of babygrows for my older sons presents – they are great for wrapping up small gifts!

I found a pair of old jeans, which had holes in all the wrong places and were not going to be a pretty repair job.  I chopped them up and stuffed the legs with a couple gifts for my husband!  I then tied them up with some white ribbon (as pictured at the top of this article) and they looked lovely!

I wasn’t planning on giving so many gifts to my children, but we bought everything so cheaply and lots of the gifts were educational.  They will be passed down and then given away as my children outgrow them.  After the gifts were unwrapped (we give gifts during Chanukah – so our gift giving is already over for this year), the fabric went back in the cupboard to be used again next year, or for something else!
Wrapping up these gifts was a fun challenge and I was really pleased with the results.  My children didn’t bat an eyelid at their gifts being wrapped up in fabric and were just eager to undo the ribbons and find out what surprises were hiding beneath!  I will definitely be wrapping up my kids presents in fabric again next year!
What do you use instead of wrapping paper?  I would love to hear your comments!
If you liked this post I would really appreciate it if you click like on Facebook and follow on Twitter. Also if you have a Kindle it would really make my day if you subscribe to this blog on it! – Thanks!