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30 November 2012

The Easiest Way to Wrap Presents

Okay, maybe I lied. I'm pretty sure the easiest way to wrap presents is either to have them gift-wrapped at the store or to buy a gift bag and drop them in a gift bag. But both of those typically require more financial expenditure than a large roll of gift wrap and some tape. So this is easiest way to wrap presents cheaply.


No, I'm not going off on a tangent and showing you how, through clever use of coupons, I was able to get all of this for $0.05!! Because I've never in my life seen a coupon for Gourmantra meal kits but if I did, I would snatch it up right away because they are awesome except for the fact that they cost $4.99 a box!

Anyways, these boxes are my secret for wrapping Christmas presents. Near the holidays, I start saving all empty boxes--cereal boxes, Bisquick boxes, macaroni and cheese boxes. And then I put whatever presents I'm giving away in these boxes before I wrap them. This accomplishes three very important purposes:

1. Square or rectangular shapes are the easiest shapes to wrap and have them turn out looking nice, however, not all presents are square or rectangular. Add an empty box from your cupboard, and you've suddenly turned whatever you just bought into the appropriate present-wrapping shape.

2. The shape of the boxes helps disguise the actual identity of the present from clever gift-receivers who like to peek at their presents and analyze what they might be. This is especially important in our family! I mean, come on--everyone knows the tell-tale shape of a cd or dvd case! And if the present is soft and squishy, that gives you a hint that it might be a sweater! But make the present in the shape of a cereal box, and there's no telling what might be inside!

3. These boxes cause momentary confusion on the part of the person opening them if they don't already know that you are in the habit of wrapping presents this way. "Oh, thank you, Rachel, I always wanted.....Bisquick??" And then they are happily surprised by the more appropriate contents of the box.

 This method in action. Note the store-brand Wheat Chex box. 

So there you have it. That's my strategy. And yes, I know there is such a thing as buying cardboard boxes specifically made for gift wrapping, and that's probably the classier way to go. But this is more environmentally friendly, if that makes you feel better about being thrifty. 

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26 comments :

  1. i used to wrap my brother's presents in old tampon boxes. the first year that i did it, the looks on their faces were amazing!

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  2. My Grandmother does this! Literally everything she gives us is wrapped in empty food boxes of some sort. We're always like, "Oh good, I got Swiss cake rolls!" Or something of the sort at least... too funny :)

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  3. haha we ALWAYS did this for my littlest sister's gifts...when she was little she would get all excited about the box. She once danced around and sang because we packages a tiarra (which she didn't find for a long time) inside a popcorn box...great idea!

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  4. Ha ha, that is hilarious. I will have to remember this when it comes time to wrap presents this year!

    Reese

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  5. My grandma used to do this. One year my cousin was really excited about getting waffles. But he wasn't really getting waffles :)

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  6. This is a fantastic idea!! Haha. I've always wanted....oh, Bisquik?

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  7. have have a family inside joke about doing this. :) my mom hated the 'salad shooter' commercials and so one year my dad went to the store and got a salad shooter box and wrapped her gift inside it... christmas morning she opened it, saw the box, and tried to pretend to be excited until my dad finally told her to open the box. :)

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  8. Haha - we do this all the time!! Just the other day I stashed away an Almond Roca tin that normally would get thrown away, but it's the perfect size for a smallish gift. :D

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  9. Aww, haha! I think it's so cute! I seriously never would've thought about this- great idea!

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  10. That's really a good idea! I don't think it would work too well for me since I don't buy many boxed things, but it's something to think about.

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  11. what a simple, yet genius idea. and i'm sure we all have plenty of used boxes. the amount of cereal that my kids eat should be enough to wrap everyone's presents!!

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  12. My sister and I used to always make presents for each other and put a box in a box in a box to make the suspense last longer and to see how frustrated we can make each other while unwrapping each one :)

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  13. Haha...my family does that sometimes. Last year, we wrapped a gift card for my dad in the Napoleon Dynamite DVD case. My dad was so funny trying to look thankful that we got him Napoleon Dynamite. :)

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  14. This is EXACTLY how my family wraps gifts. You never know what you get until you get all the way through the unwrapping! Plus, those boxes can be expensive!!! A friend of mine last year wrapped her presents with twine and old newspapers. They looked so precious and she saved a small fortune that she wouldv spent on gift wrap!

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  15. I do this too :) For smaller things, I will put them in toilet paper rolls and wrap them like a tootsie roll.

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  16. Huh--I always wondered why my presents were sometimes wrapped in strange boxes, they must be using this trick! Great tip :)

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  17. Haha! This is hilarious. I never thought about using food boxes, but I'm going to remember that! My mom has panicked me a few times with the boxes she's put my gifts in.

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  18. Genius! I already wrapped and sent all our presents, but next Christmas and birthdays I'm totally doing this!

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  19. That's quite clever!! Need to start saving boxes!

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  20. This is a great idea! I'll have to start saving boxes for when it's time to wrap presents this year. I think my 4 year old will get a kick out of opening gifts to find popcorn and hot cocoa boxes.
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I'm now following yours, looking forward to reading more.
    Liz
    http://blendingafamilyofdorks.blogspot.com/

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  21. This is very helpful for a guy like me who is not exactly known for his wrapping prowess :)

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  22. Thanks so much for joining our Bloggers for Christmas linky party!
    Happy Christmastime!

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  23. Oh my goodness, what a great tip!! I'm going to start doing this, lol. It'll be fun just to see people's expressions when they first tear off the wrapping paper. :) Thanks for sharing!

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    -Mia
    www.thechroniclesofchaos.com

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  24. This is an awesome idea! Definitely going to start saving my boxes!

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  25. I would love to see the faces of those that are unaware of your wrapping technique! but what a great idea.

    thank you for linking up to Saturday Morning Coffee!

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