Thursday, December 9, 2010
We go hiking on Christmas afternoon. It's so peaceful and gets us away from the wrapping paper disaster! -- Portland Children's Museum, on Twitter, via Parenthacks
Want to simplify the gift wrapping and avoid a wrapping paper disaster? Fabric gift bags might be the way to go. EllaWrap bags come in a variety of size, fabrics and patterns - with bags for Hanukkah, Christmas and much more.
Paper and Parcel makes sweater wine sleeves - an easy way to wrap that consumable gift. Update on Nov. 28, 2011: Paper and Parcel doesn't carry these any more.
HASbags are folding shopping totes - with style. (Most of mine have the name of a grocery store on them - not the same!) Heidi Stern, the creator, originally made these "as a reusable way of wrapping gifts" - and you could do the same.
In response to another post I wrote about gift bags, commenter JustGail said, "If you are giving any gift to someone who sews, wrapping it in a length of fabric is also good." The fabric wraps from Chewing the Cud could be used to wrap a gift to anyone - not just a sewer - but they're probably a more expensive option, too. These are available on Etsy, as well as on Chewing the Cud's web site. [via Apartment Therapy]
And if you really prefer to use gift wrap paper, you can still simplify. Erin on Unclutterer uses silver paper for everything, so she has much less to stash away. Similarly, Margaret Lukens of New Leaf + Company suggests this: "Choose one solid color gift wrap, one color ribbon. I've got gold with ivory this year."
Gift-Wrap Bags and Boxes to Simplify Holiday Gift-Giving
Update: Simplifying Christmas by Saving Time on Gift Wrapping
Wrapping Made Easy: Gift Bags for Wine