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We all have presents to wrap this holiday season, and all of the holiday paper, ribbons, and bows can really add up.

But when you really think about it, wrapping paper is just empty money. You’re spending money to throw that paper away almost immediately.

So how do you stop spending so much money on gift wrap? Here are just a few places to get started.

If you don’t want to spend any money:

  • Use magazines. Magazine pages make great wrapping paper for small gifts. Dig into all the magazines you have on hand but will never read again.
  • Use the funny papers. You may already have someone in your family who does this. These are great for kids’ gifts especially. Newspaper works just as well.
  • Reuse your own wrapping paper. If you’ve ever saved gift wrap, use it again. Particularly neat gift unwrappers often leave their wrapping paper intact for reuse.
  • Use brown paper bags. These make plain wrapping paper, but at least it’s sturdy.
  • Use maps. Maps are basically defunct these days, so why not put them to a brand new use?

If you want to spend a little:

  • Stock up right after the holiday. Right after Christmas, all those cute papers go on sale. Snatch them up! They’ll still be good for next year.
  • Buy it all one year. Buying enormous rolls of ribbon can serve you for a lifetime.
  • Check out your local dollar store. These places are an untapped world of gift wrap. You can get tons of cute wrapping supplies, and for cheap!

So get wrapping! You’ll have the most unique presents around.

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