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After spending money on holiday gifts, the last thing you want is to spend even more on wrapping paper. Here are a few creative ways to wrap gifts using material that’s likely already around your house.

Magazines
Old magazines - especially any holiday themed issues – make great gift wrap. Both the covers and pages inside can help create a unique, festive, and colorful look.

Compared to fancy store bought paper that can cost up to $5 a roll, this alternative is free – and eco-friendly! 

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Mason Jars
Instead of gift bags, which, too can cost up to $5 in some stores, consider gifting small items like soaps and bath fizzies in mason jars. Showcase the gifts by adding a cheerful ribbon. Since the jars are reusable, they’re like two gifts in one. Even if you opt to purchase mason jars, you can still save, since a dozen cost less than $10.  

Tissue Paper
Finally, an easy way to save money on wrapping is to simply ask for a free gift box and extra tissue paper at the checkout – and get creative. For a classy polished look, all it takes is a little embellishing. Dot the boxes or paper with some markers or paint you have in the house, or tie a bright ribbon around it.

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And remember, with gift wrapping, it’s all about the finishing touches. Tie on a candy cane along with the ribbon, print out these free gift tags from MarthaStewart.com or use inexpensive decorative tape that costs about the same as regular Scotch tape.

How do you save time and money on gift-wrapping?  Connect with me on Twitter @Farnoosh and use the hashtag #finfit. 

Thanks to Beth Englemanfor sharing her tips on wrapping presents without wrapping paper.

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