I have a 'thing' for quality paper and cards. I don't have a 'thing' for the price of quality paper and cards. I shop frugally all year long for gifts, but also keep an eye opened for the wrapping. I don't pay for boxes, but whenever I am in a store and purchase something, no matter what it is, I ask for a box. I normally get the smallest one available because I know my gift items will most likely be small. Toys and the like already come packaged, so there's no need for boxes there.
I do buy white tissue paper at the dollar store to line my free gift boxes, if the box does not come with tissue. It adds a bit of a finished touch.
I also look for well made paper at the dollar store. The patterns for Christmas gifts match well using the same colors but different patterns. Once in a while I get lucky and find great paper on super sale after the holidays and into January.
For Christmas I seldom use bows and ribbon. Too bulky and they get crushed under the tree. If I can't find frugal tags, I simply write the name on the package in my (sometimes) best hard writing. This year I used Avery stickers that I got free from Staples.
I did have to purchase gift bags this year, but it was the first time in 4 years. Our kids and grandchildren leave the bags behind so I can use them again. (No one else does this) I have a little game I play to see how long a bag is used. I have one that is going on it's 6th use within the family.
I found through the years of wrapping for 4 kids, that presentation is the key to acceptance. Another important detail is to choose a gift with care. Caring comes from the heart. It's what others feel when they open a gift. It's what makes a frugal gift worth a million dollars to the recipient.
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