Making a Christmas Gift Bag

This evening I’m home with my recovering puppy, but the rest of my family is at a party. They each had to take a white elephant gift with them, and I found myself scrambling to put one more gift together just before dinner. The item I had didn’t fit in any gift bags I had, and I didn’t want to take the time to wrap it. What I did took more time than wrapping it would have, but it was much more fun.

I found a brown paper bag with Pier One written in the middle on both sides. It was a nice bag with handles, though, so I thought I would decorate it. I didn’t have stamps, and that wouldn’t solve the problem of the name. Since I had a box of paper to be recycled sitting out for tomorrow’s pick up, I decided to look through it. I had several catalogs from places like Harry & David and The Popcorn Factory. They were full of great Christmas pictures. I sat down and started cutting and gluing and ended up with the pictures you see. The kids and I both thought it turned out pretty well.

I saved the wrapping paper and used something I had on hand. What resourceful means have you used to wrap gifts this season?

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About Linda Etherton

Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. Donna(mom24boyz) says:

    I really like this idea. Another thought would be to simply stamp them with Christmas stamps and inks. Or if your kids have Christmas stickers to stick those on.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Great idea!

    I use to have my kids colour the bags or decorate them, but now they are too old for it to be “cue”. LOL

    I love your idea!

  3. I went to a thrift shop and bought a reusable “gift sack” for 50 cents. It was just a simple sewn bag made of silky Christmas fabric with a fancy ribbon sewn on to close the bag. If I were really resourceful, I could have sewn one myself, but this was the next best thing.

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