Frugal and Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

A few weeks before Thanksgiving my friend Colette asked me if I had any Christmas gifts that she could wrap for a demonstration. Since I am a frugal shopper and I shop year round for gifts I had a few things I could give her to wrap. She told me she was teaching a frugal and creative gift wrapping class for Relief Society so I just had to go check it out! I took some pictures while I was there so I could share with you her frugal and creative gift wrapping ideas! I love these ideas because you probably have almost everything you need already at home. In case you don’t I have included a few links to some things you can buy if you need to.

Gift Card Wrapping Ideas:

Gift Card Snow Globe:



I think this snow globe is so fun! It is super easy too. I know my kids would really dig this gift wrapping!

You will need:

canning jar, lid and ring
glue gun
ornaments or waterproof decor
gift card (We used an amazon gift card)

To Assemble:
Hot glue your gift card to the inside of your lid. Fill jar with glitter, water, and decor and place lid tightly on the jar. The rubber seal of the lid should keep the water in. But use caution about where you place the jar in case you get a leak.

Gift Card Candy Jar:gift-card-holder-idea

You will need:

canning jar, lid and ring
string or yarn
gift card (We used an amazon gift card)

To Assemble:
Fill your jar with candy and slide the gift card down inside until it is hidden. Place jar on top and insert round festive paper or add a cute tag.

Here are some more gift card printables and ideas. Plus don’t forget these gift card deals!

gift card deals pinterestFree printables for cute teacher appreciation gift card ideas!

Embellishing Gifts with Washi Tape:


Washi Tape Tree: This gift has a Christmas Tree made with Washi Tape. Washi Tape is super fun and comes in all kinds of colors, prints and designs. Check it out! 


Washi Tape Birthday Candles: Here is a quick and fun birthday idea using washi tape.

Toilet Paper Roll:


Toilet Paper Roll Box: My boys thought that this toilet paper roll idea was so cool. It seems we always have one of these around. Simply pinch in the outsides and tape them shut. Then embellish with paper and raffia, ribbon, washi tape. Whatever you have at home!

Brown Bag Wrapping:

I like to pack my groceries with a few paper bags when I go to WinCo so I will have some paper bags for wrapping presents. Colette came up with several great ways to embellish paper bags to make them more festive and cute.

Polka-dot Stamped: This one is wrapped in ribbon and stamped with polka dots. She she attached a cute tag that has been hand stamped. I am always seeing stamps at yard sales in the summer. Grab a few holiday stamps the next time you see them. Or maybe you are still holding on to yout old stash!


Pine Bow Embellished: She used some pine bow to make this one more festive. Great advantage of those evergreen trees if you happen to have one near by! Wrap it with some twine or string to stay with the rustic look!


Burlap and Lace Scraps: See if you have some burlap or lace from a previous project to add a nice touch to your gift wrapping.


Music Book Art: Cut out a piece of music from an old music book from the thrift store or around your house. Tie it up with a little ribbon or lace. If you can not stand to cut music from a book, print some music from the internet.


Paint Sample Tree: Been doing some painting? Cut circles from some paint swatch samples and put them together to make a tree!


Craft Supply Embellishment: Here is another cute idea using something she likely found in her craft supplies.


Color Me Present: The kids will love this one! A chance to decorate their own present. Attach a few crayons with some washi tape and give them permission to color by writing or stamping “color me” on the package.


Photo Cover Model: This idea is fun for Christmas wrapping or Birthday wrapping.  Attach a picture of the child to the package with some washi tape or a glue stick. They will have fun seeing the picture of themselves and they will know the package is for them! Makes them feel extra special!


Foam Stickers: Here is one I came up with later at home. I was inspired by the foam stickers Colette had used on some of the presents she wrapped for me. It is fun to find things you have around to wrap with! I used some green ribbon to create a candy cane effect on my tubular present.


Curling Wrapping Paper Scraps: Here is a fun trick. You can curl wrapping paper scraps just like you curl ribbon. Just use one blade of your scissors and curl away with your left over paper!


Old Calendar Pages: Wrap with a sheet from an old calendar. Circle the significant date on the paper! Super cute!


Embellishing with gifts: One last idea. Use extra gift items to embellish the gift. This one Chelsea (my other friend)  used sunglasses and a jump rope.


Hopefully you can take one of these idea, or multiple of these ideas, and apply it to your gift wrapping. No need to go out and by the most expensive wrapping paper out there! Just use things you already have to add a homemade touch to each gift. Your wallet will thank you and so will everyone receiving your gift. Happy wrapping!


Here is another fun idea… Bubble Painting Wrapping Paper:

Bubble Wrapping Paper



Types: Crafts, Family
Categories: Decoration, Frugal, Gift, Inside The House, Christmas


  • Jen

    Such great ideas! I have tons of small ornaments and such I’ve collected over the years; some were gifts, some were impulse buys. I now use them to decorate gifts for others! Not only am I decluttering my own space, but it adds a little something special to a gift for someone else.

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