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Alternative Mediums To use Instead of Wrapping Paper

Alternative Mediums To use Instead of Wrapping Paper

When it comes to gift wrapping, you need to lean toward your more creative side to make something crafty. Of course, this means you can make things personal and have a touch of flare that you could only come up with. There are tons of alternative mediums to use instead of wrapping paper, so don’t go to the nearest gift store and spend all your money on something you could find at home.

Baskets and Jars

Old things lying around the house always make for the best gifting items. More accurately, they won’t be the gifts, but they’ll make beautiful gift holders. Examples include pretty wicker baskets or mason jars. By reusing things you might have at home, you can really get creative and showcase whatever you’re gifting by upscaling them to look as if they came from a specialty shop.

Bags and Fabrics

Old fabric bags are cherished by people from all over the world. (In fact, some areas of the world, such as Asia, used fabric to wrap their gifts as long as a millennia ago!) Maybe someone gave you a bag as a gift while you were on a holiday, or someone in your family handed one down to you. Whatever the case, these make the perfect items to gift with as they can serve multiple purposes and double as a gift themselves. The same can be applied to fabrics; you can take so many creative paths when you use fabric as part of the gift-wrapping process. You could create a mosaic with your fabrics or a patchwork pattern to wrap your gifts in.

Newspaper and Tissue

This method is tried and true. If you want to stick to keeping things simple and are also on a budget, then you can simply use old wrapping paper to wrap your gifts. This has been done for decades, and people still get excited when they receive gifts that are wrapped in newspaper. It’s fun, quirky, and unique. Wrapping a gift in newspaper makes it memorable. If you add tissue to the mix, it only adds to all the excitement—the recipient will be delighted when they get interesting newspaper on the outside of their gift and a surprise of colorful tissue on the inside. There are so many levels of gift-wrapping supplies that can be used for gifting.

Whatever you decide to go with, all these items are sound for wrapping and gift-giving. Gifts are special, personal things to give to someone, and wrapping symbolizes that. When you wrap a present with care, you also put some of your personality into the result. It is truly a beautiful sight to behold. There are so many alternatives to use instead of wrapping paper because you can put as much creative thought into it as you want.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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