... at Christmas time. Oh tosh. Of course it can be VERY easy!!
Something I feel guilty about every year is the massive pile of wrapping paper that gets tossed out on Christmas Day. We go through our wrapping paper on the day, salvaging bigger unripped pieces to recycle as much as we can, but the "keep" pile gets smaller each year and after you've cut off the mangled bits the pieces get smaller too. And the next year there're always one or two bigger pressies that need LARGE amounts of wrapping paper and one always ends up buying a few more rolls just to keep yourself topped up in wrapping paper and just because you don't want to run out...
and I feel guilty about buying new paper all over again.
well not this year!
I decided to go really green, and use newspaper this year. Remember my eco-friendly gift bags? Yes, I am still making up those to use in all my other gift-giving too. Actually I really do like the muted and monochromatic look of newsprint; the rustic look of it appeals to me more than bright glossy sparkly paper.
The little tags were made using a piece of lightweight cardboard found rolled inside a poster, and the little gingerbread man stamp I've had for years, from back when I was really into card-making and made all my own cards. Actually, I still do make most of my own cards... which doesn't take up very much time since my designs lean towards the very simple in style, which is my style.. A time-consideration thing there as well as my personal taste.
Just to make it all a bit more personalised; I select parts of the newspaper that suit that person. So, Tim is into cars in a big way, and Cassie is fashion-conscious. Sam loves the comics and the puzzles, and then for my man who loves to dream of travel... the luscious scenery in the travel section.
So, no guilt come clean-up time. And let's face it, it is the gift inside that really counts, right?!