There is nothing better than the bottom of a Christmas tree overflowing with wrapped gifts. I love the way a pretty package looks, is to open, etc. What I don't love is how much it usually costs to get that package wrapped so pretty. J and I are frugal when it comes to a lot of things, one thing for sure being gift wrap. I am that embarrassing person that goes around on Christmas morning before all the 'trash' gets thrown away, and collects the bows, ribbon, really anything salvageable. I also ONLY buy Christmas wrapping paper and supplies right after Christmas is over. As a matter of fact, I got such great deals a few years back that I haven't had to buy any more since.
Take this for instance, this is the amount of ribbons and bows that I collected last year alone from Christmas morning:
I promise no one ever notices that the bow or ribbon on their package was used before. Ever. It makes me feel a little better environmentally, and it saves money and time spent shopping for said bow. Win-win for all.
I got all of these ribbon rolls and bows from Target two years ago, I think I paid the price of two of the rolls for all 5 things. The few days after Christmas are where its at in buying stuff for deals, people!
Another thing I do to make the wrapping cute and unique while not spending a lot is use mini ornaments bought from Estate sales. I love the dimension the ornaments give to the gifts, and if the receiver of the gift is about to throw out all of the wrapping, guess who's picking those back up and using them again the next year?!
Now you might be someone who prefers to only use new gift wrap, really nice thick paper, etc. But ask yourself..why? If you can make a package look adorable using cheaper supplies, re-use ribbons year to year, and be better for the environment, how can you say no?!
Before I say farewell, I wanted to let y'all know about something incredible happening. Last week in my weekly belly update I had mentioned that we lost one of our friends to the ugly thing called Cancer. Well now, one of our friends who is an amazing photographer is hosting an auction to help support the now widowed mom and two kids.
If you want to check it out go here, she is offering up a full photo session and a great print, with all proceeds going to the Gray family.