"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11

Monday, September 15, 2008

Christmas Countdown!





I Know most of you don't even want to think about the Holidays! Christmas is getting close and it is time to start preparing for the Holidays. I am a planner and with Christmas being only 14 weeks away I have been trying to come up with some fun Frugal ideas. I will be posting periodically different ideas on gifts and ways to save money during the Holiday season.

This week my idea is about gift wrapping. Gift Wrapping can be just as expensive as the gift itself, when you are wrapping multiple gifts the cost can add up fast! I have lots of fun cheap ideas for gift wrapping like my recycled gift tags HERE. I am not usually a gift bag person, I prefer to wrap my gifts in paper, it makes the gift more exciting for kids to tear into. For my adult family members this year instead of wrapping there gifts in wrapping paper I decided to use Reusable Shopping Bags.

I am so excited about this Idea, I love these bags. Just about every store has there own version of these bags. I will most likely purchase my bags from Target, they look the most festive. The cost is around $1.00 a bag depending on where you buy your bags. Use these bags just like you would a normal gift bag stuff it with tissue paper add some ribbon and a gift tag and presto you have a beautiful gift. The great thing about this Idea is its like getting two gifts because you can use the bag over and over again. It Also is better for the environment :)

What is your Idea?

11 comments:

Allie said...

LOVE the idea of using Target bags! What a great idea!!!

~Stephanie~ said...

First, I wanted to tell you I enjoy your blog. I am a North Texas mom as well and enjoy reading about your finds! I am working on my blog :) Last Christmas my best friend wrapped all of her gifts in the Sunday Comic pages that she had saved all year! It was so super cute...I remember my mom doing this for birthdays when I was younger. So I'm saving all my inserts for this Christmas!

Sandi said...

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!!

Tena said...

Great idea!!I am so going to do this, thanks for sharing it with us

Shynea @ Penny Pinching Diva said...

I love the idea of using recyclable bags instead of gift bags this year. I agree with you, it is just like getting two presents in one. Instead of throwing away the normal paper gift bag, they can reuse these over and over again. And earth friendly? Sounds like a bonus to me. I will definitely have to use this idea this year. Thanks!

Trina said...

April what a GREAT idea! Mind if I steal it? I mean borrow... LOL

April said...

What a GREAT idea! I love it!

April said...

You gave me a great idea for a post, so I posted an idea on my blog too.

Mama Koala said...

http://www.naturesbounty.com/totebag/index.aspx#loyaltylabLogo (a free bag for your great idea:-)

Jennifer said...

I love the idea of using target bags. Those are really pretty. I am thinking of using plain brown paper & "sprucing" them up with my rubber stamps and with bows.

April said...

Awesome Thanks Moma Koala for the link! Jenifer I did the Brown sack last year they were super cheap and easy to spruce up, you will definatly have to post yours :) Oh yeah and the cheapest place to buy the brown bags is walmart in the Craft section they come in packs of 10 I think.