OK, please ignore that these gifts are piled on my kitchen counter with last night’s dishes. The tree’s not decorated and the kitchen was still being painted when I went to bed last night. Anyway, let’s focus on the gift wrap. FABRIC! I bought several yards of Christmas fabric at a craft store’s after-Christmas sale last year, sewed it into a wide variety of sizes of bags, and cut the open ends with pinking shears. You could also just cut the fabric bigger and wrap it around a gift just like you would paper. I bought rolls of ribbon at the same time, and a few jingle bells, snowflakes, whatever was super-cheap. These bags will last forever and there won’t be big trash bags full of paper for the garbage men to pick up. I washed these with lavender-scented detergent before I packed them away last year, and they still smell nice. A few drops of peppermint oil or vanilla oil in your wash water and your gifts will all smell Christmassy! How Martha Stewart is that?! I think I may expand this idea and buy some other fabrics I find on sale for birthday gifts, etc. Watch the after-Christmas sales, and you can buy enough fabric and trimmings to last for the next several years for much less than that gift wrap we’ve ALL bought from the school fundraiser catalogs. Drop by the The Thrifty Home‘s Penny Pinching Wednesday for more frugal tips every week!