Christmas Gift Wrapping with Dollar Store Supplies

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Who said you can’t look classy on a budget?  My motto is that you can make anything look beautiful with a little effort and creative use of your budget.


When I was planning our Christmas list this year, I made sure to include items besides just the gifts themselves. Some people forget to take into account that there is wrapping paper, bows, and gift tags, and baked goods and Christmas cards. All of this can add up and if you are anything like us and don’t want to go into any debt during the Holiday season, then planning and being creative with your budget is a must.


I’m a lover of the Dollar Store and find tons of awesome items in there that I use for parties, gift wrapping, and even decor.  All it takes is a little practice to know what items to look for and a creative eye to take something…dollar store looking…and make it look and feel expensive.


Today, I’m going to show you how I completed our Christmas Gift Wrapping with Dollar Store Supplies.





First, since my style is very vintage and cottagy {is this a word?} I decided to use brown mailing paper as my wrapping paper. I not only love the look but at a dollar a roll, I love the price too.


Now you may be thinking, “yuck, brown mailing paper to wrap Christmas gifts?”  Just give me a second to show you that you can make this simple paper look beautiful with a variety of different wrapping techniques.


Brown mailing paper is awesome to use as wrapping paper because it’s neutral which allows you to choose any style of bow, ribbon, gift tag, and embellishments that your heart desires.  I was in the mood for brown and lime green this year for some reason, so I went with it. I also found some pretty red ribbon that I liked so I used that too. Both colors looked great against the lime green gift tags I found.





See those little gold bells? Those are from the dollar store too. I also have purchased silver ones that you can see on our white and silver cottage Christmas tree.  A pack of 9 bells cost a dollar. That is a smokin good deal!


{did you notice how I had to leave the bottom 2 feet of our tree decoration free? Toddler love!}



I found the ribbon and gift tags at Hobby Lobby both were 50% off or more, which made my grand total for all wrapping supplies this year under $15. I was able to wrap All of them look beautiful and professional wrapped {ok maybe not professional….but at least pretty}.




Let me get your wheels turning with this thought…


Why not try black and green ribbon?


Or pink and silver ribbon?


Or red and silver ribbon with silver bells and greenery attached to the package? You can find greenery from outside!


Cinnamon sticks, little twigs, old music sheets, wooden chalkboard signs, or even DIY chalkboard tags made from mason jar lids can be used to embellish your simple brown mailing paper gift wrap.


Here are some ideas I found:








These have a much more vintage feel than what I did this year and I absolutely love it! I wanted to add a bit of “glam” to mine, so that’s why I threw in the sparkly ribbon and gift tags. See, you can get creative and add in any style you want to your neutral brown mailing paper gift wrap.




And here is proof that I really did decorate most of our tree.


So, I dare you to try using brown paper….just once and see what you think.


Then come back and tell me your experience and how much your pocket book thanked you. Oh and your family and friends too because from my experience, everyone seems to love this simple but beautiful gift wrapping.




So, what are you waiting for? Go get your Christmas gift wrapping on using dollar store supplies!



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  1. says

    Great idea! I used brown paper last year as my base wrapping paper. It leaves room for so much creativity with ribbons and other decorations. I’ll have to bookmark this for next year.

    Merry (belated) Christmas!

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