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Old 12-20-2005, 10:09 AM   #11
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Newspaper is the hottest wrapping paper at the Butler's house. Buy it today for 50 cents a package and get ads for free!

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I actually save my Sunday Comics all year long (well, a few get trashed), just for Wrapping Purposes.

of course, I still end up buying 6000 square feet of gift wrap (and scotch tape, and ribbons, etc) anyway.

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Old 12-20-2005, 10:11 AM   #12
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Newspaper is the hottest wrapping paper at the Butler's house. Buy it today for 50 cents a package and get ads for free!

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cam, that's what we used to do when i was a kid. aluminum foil works well too.
i remember getting hockey sticks wrapped up in newspaper. it's pretty easy to figure out what you're getting when it looks like that.

and please, everyone, remember to recycle as much as possible.
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Old 12-20-2005, 11:56 AM   #13
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I've used tin foil in the past too bucky. It looks great under the tree all bright and shiney. I also have used butcher paper that I've painted on.
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Old 12-20-2005, 12:01 PM   #14
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If you are among the wrapping challenged, you can do all of your shoping at stores that gift wrap free or at low cost. Around here some charity organizations set up stands at the mall to wrap gifts with the proceeds going to the charity.
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Old 12-20-2005, 02:45 PM   #15
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Or you can go to WalMart and buy a few yards of Christmasy fabric and some cord and make a few gift bags. Excellent for the environmentally friendly gifts.

Oh, and I heard a great tip about gifts. If you have several kids try using a code instead of putting names on gifts. Like for example one kid is a triangle and one a circle or something. That way, you can put gifts under the tree sometime before Christmas eve and they STILL won't know whose is whose. They MIGHT figure out what is in the boxes, but will they know it is theirs?
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Old 12-20-2005, 02:48 PM   #16
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Or you can go to WalMart and buy a few yards of Christmasy fabric and some cord and make a few gift bags. Excellent for the environmentally friendly gifts.

Oh, and I heard a great tip about gifts. If you have several kids try using a code instead of putting names on gifts. Like for example one kid is a triangle and one a circle or something. That way, you can put gifts under the tree sometime before Christmas eve and they STILL won't know whose is whose. They MIGHT figure out what is in the boxes, but will they know it is theirs?

I use to incorporate my boys first initial in with the design where I would know where it is. They never knew whos was whos
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Old 12-20-2005, 05:02 PM   #17
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The comics make good newspaper wrapping paper - nice and colorful.

I like Barbara's idea of special paper for Santa presents - wish I would have thought of that when it mattered!

Another inexpensive idea is to use brown paper grocery bags or lunch bags. Cut them out flat, then stamp them with Christmas-themed stamps, or just tie them up with raffia and affix a sprig of holly to the bow. Or use some nice red or green ribbon. (Make sure all the stupid advertising on the bags is on the inside.)

I also like the idea of putting a teeny tiny present in a big box, or series of boxes inside each other that have to be unwrapped. I got a plane ticket to LA that way one year.
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Old 12-20-2005, 09:16 PM   #18
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Check the library too--I found a great book on the art of Japanese gift wrapping.

Like urmaniac said, figuring out how much paper you actually need can really help out. I can usually wrap a lot more presents with a roll than most people I know (I am the same way when I sew, I can often get an extra outfit (at least one for one of the kids) by folding and refolding the fabric--I never just lay out all my pieces and then start cutting).

Also, pay attention to the kind of print you use. You should always have something with a tiny print (like dots) on hand to wrap very small boxes. It looks a lot nicer than seeing one of Santa's eyes on the front of a little box, or a corner of a Christmas tree!).

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Old 12-20-2005, 09:23 PM   #19
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Or if all else fails, have your DH who was taught how to wrap for mailing in Pharmacy school and really gets that paper on tight, boost his ego and let him wrap all the stuff as you do the cards and put on the ribbons..Works for me

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My beloved Grandma would keenly watch over your shoulder as you unwrapped your gifts from her... and smack! if you ripped the paper..... cause she re-used it the next year. I was a sweet granddaughter and got her silver cellophane paper that wouldn't rip, and we saw it for many years thereafter!

I, myself, am OK with wrapping gifts... but my daughter always seems to want stuff in oblong, octagonal, crazy shaped boxes. Not to mention, once she does get them open through all the tape I have to use to get it to stay wrapped, the toy is surgically attached to the box, and that takes an hour to get out, then you forgot to buy batteries.... on and on, the madness! I do admit to cheating and buying equal amounts of wrapping paper and gift bags though!
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