8 Alternative Gift Wrapping Ideas To Prevent Christmas Panic Mode

Christmas is literally around the corner, guys. And if you're anything like me, there's a good chance that you still have presents waiting for last-minute gift wrapping. I can hear you moaning and groaning from here, which is why I've come up with these cool alternative gift wrapping ideas. Don't worry, I'm right there with you; where does the time even go?

The ghost of procrastination always seems to get me, each and every year. I mean, snagging last-minute holiday gifts is one thing. But actually wrapping them up for the big day? That's an entirely different story. The thought of braving the holiday shopping crowds for pretty paper makes me cringe.

Thankfully, clever holiday craft ideas are here to save the day. Plus, look at it this way: All that flashy paper tends to be tossed out anyway. Why not go for something that can be made from recycled materials? Better yet, opt for something that the recipient can re-use in the future. It’s the best way to save some dough, and make a truly special gift.

To get you started, here are eight quick and easy alternative gift wrapping ideas. It’s also likely that you already own the materials to create at least one of these. Talk about a major holiday win.

1. Old Sweaters

Amp up the holiday cheer by wrapping up your gifts in an old sweater. This is an excellent way to re-use a dingy, worn-out garment from the depths of your closet. And since one sweater can provide enough material for multiple items, you'll be able to save a pretty penny.

Check out the entire tutorial at Verily Magazine.

2. Scarves

For a winter-friendly gift wrap idea that serves a purpose, tie up items in a colorful scarf. It will double as an actual present and gift wrapping alternative. Score.

Have a large stash of fabric scraps? You can use those in the same way, too.

Visit Scarves for three different wrapping techniques.

3. Mason Jars

One can never, ever have enough mason jars. These babies happen to be the perfect container for storing small gifts and knick-knacks. And since they're available in a variety of sizes, you can be sure to find one that fits your needs. You might already even have one in your cupboard.

Check out The Gunny Sack for a creative way to use mason jars as gift holders.

4. Potato Chip Bags

In a perfect world, our snacking habits would double as productive activities. Talk about a very merry Christmas.

It turns out that this concept is totally possible. Apparently, the flashy silver metallic lining of potato chip bags make festive wrapping material. I mean, it looks like metallic foil that you can purchase by the roll for many dollars. Mind = blown.

Recyclart explains it all.

5. Neon Duct Tape

For an unconventional gift wrapping idea, try using neon duct tape and old magazine pages. It's a fun and fast wrapping option that will treat your wallet well.

Duct tape also happens to be super sturdy. Your gift will be safe and sound while looking real cute.

Visit Brit + Co to learn how to do it yourself.

6. Maps

Do you have a die-hard traveler on your list? Tug at their heart strings by using old maps as wrapping paper. While you can often find them at the thrift store, printing them out is another last-minute option. Make it real personal by choosing a map of their hometown or dream destination.

Learn more about this idea at Country Living.

7. Button Up

If you're planning to gift a long-sleeved shirt or sweater, try using it as the focal point of the present. This wrapping technique is ideal for dressing up a box of chocolates or stack of books. It's ridiculously easy and cute — what's not to love?

Check out the how-to at A Subtle Revelry.

8. Washi Tape

Make things real simple for yourself by wrapping up gifts in basic kraft paper. You can even recycle old brown paper bags for this technique. Next, dress it up with a few strips of washi tape. Done and done.

Learn how to do it with the help of Brit + Co.

Looking for more holiday cheer? Check out Bustle on YouTube.

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Images: Verily Magazine; Scarves; The Gunny Sack; Recyclart; Brit + Co; Country Living; A Subtle Revelry; Brit + Co