Published on December 9, 2015

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vintage scarf

Every closet seems to have a collection of old scarves kicking around. Use ones you no longer wear and tell your recipient to wrap it forward if they prefer not to rock it. 

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outdated maps

Thanks to your GPS and Google Maps, atlases are quickly becoming artifacts. Use pages of favorite landmarks and cities to add a personal touch to your holiday wrapping.

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toilet paper rolls

Start saving your leftover TP rolls and refashion them into cute boxes for jewelry or smaller trinkets. Push in each side, paint them and voila – a custom package!

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winter greens

If your gifts are already in a plain box, spruce it up (pun intended) with some foraged greens on top.

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coffee filters

Take a pair of scissors to your coffee filters to create paper snowflakes that will look cute on gifts tucked under the tree and on your windows.

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paint chips

Have lots of leftover samples from your living room makeover? Reuse them to create one-of-a-kind garland to wrap around boxes.

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crossword puzzles

Unwrapping gifts should require a bit of a challenge. Use the daily crossword from your newspaper to give recipients a gift and a game all in one. 

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ziploc bags

There’s no need to buy new tins if you’re giving out holiday treats. Use a Sharpie to decorate an ordinary plastic bag . 

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washi tape

Even if you don’t hoard this Japanese tape like we do, chances are you have a roll or two of masking or colored tape in the house. Use it to create designs on packages, whether it’s a simple stripe or an allover plaid.

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brown paper bags

If you’ve still got lots of leftovers since switching to a reusable lunch box, give them a new life as cute vessels for holiday gifts. Add a bow, decorate with markers, tie up with string – the options are endless with such a blank slate.

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