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  • Save Money by Keeping a Gift Wrap Center

    I’ve mentioned the gift box before – it’s a stash of gifts bought on sale for when you need to give a gift. But being out with a friend who bought not just a birthday gift but also a gift bag and tissue paper reminded me of the corollary: The Gift Wrap Center.

    My gift wrap “center” is actually a bunch of containers in a closet. There’s a tall plastic bin for rolls of wrapping paper, a bag stuffed with gift bags, and boxes of ribbon. I also keep some cards on hand – inexpensive all-occasion and blank cards. Back in my pre-motherhood days, I also kept some handmade cards around but I don’t have time for that anymore.

    The paper, bags, ribbon and cards are items I’ve collected over the years, and which I’m constantly collecting. I buy wrapping paper when it’s on clearance after the winter holidays – there are always a few patterns and solid colors that can be used year round. The same goes for ribbon and tissue paper.

    I’m also a big believer in reusing gift bags. They’re expensive for what they are, and it’s rough on the environment to discard them after just one use, or even a few uses. So whenever we receive a gift and the bag is in good shape, it goes into the closet for when I need to give a gift.

    My gift wrap center reduces stress, because I’m never scrambling to find wrapping paper or a gift bag. And it also saves me money, because I never have to over spend on last-minute supplies.

    Comments

    1. Jennifer says:

      Love this! I always buy gift wrap when it is on clearance. A lot of times wedding and baby wrap is just pretty patterns or pastels. They go on clearance in spring when new baby stuff comes out. For some reason I guess Target thinks babies are all born in the spring :)

    2. Chief Family Officer says:

      @Jennifer – That's hilarious! I hadn't noticed that baby stuff goes on clearance in the spring (not many babies to buy for in the last few years). Thanks for the tip!

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