Whether you go large and extravagant or eco and low-key these bargain gift wrap ideas will give you the perfect present

GET Xmas all wrapped up. Whether you’re going large with extravagant celebrations or keeping it eco and low-key, here’s how to present your parcels perfectly.

And turn the page for my affordable gift guide, plus mouth-watering ideas for the big Christmas lunch.

ECO-FRIENDLY

·   Check the cupboards first: Hunt around the house for old wrapping paper and ribbon before you buy anything.

·   Re-suable wrapping: Try wrapping gifts with classic brown paper or even fabric. You can keep both and reuse next year. 

–   Ditch the glitz: Avoid any wrapping with glitter, glue or sequins. It’s bad for the environment and can’t be recycled.

–   Be a DIY diva: Create your own gift tags by cutting up old magazines or greetings cards. Tie with string or draw ribbons onto parcels for a homespun feel.

·  Reuse and recycle: Collect up whatever can be salvaged this Christmas to use next year too. 

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EXTRAVAGANT

·  Chose a matching theme:  Select a stylish look to complement your home’s Xmas decoration style and repeat the same colours in your wrapping paper and ribbons,

· Invest in the best:  Pick top quality paper which won’t rip.

·  Add an extra flourish: Ribbons and bows are an inexpensive way to add glamour to any gift. Curl ribbon ends by pulling them through almost-closed scissor ends.

·  Box it off: Tricky shape to wrap? Pop it in a box or gift bag then wrap with coloured tissue paper.

·   Label with love: Pop on a pretty matching label. You could even add a personal note to finish off your gift

WRAPPING ESSENTIALS 

TAPE: Sellotape Zero Plastic 24mm x 30m, £2 at Wilko 

PAPER: Winter Woods Christmas Wrapping Paper 12m, £1 at B&M Stores

GIFT TAGS: Pack of 30 red gift tags, £1 at CardFactory.co.uk

RIBBON: Morrisons Curling Ribbon 4 per pack, £1 at Morrisons or buy two, get third free. Offer ends December 24

SAVE: £1 when buying three

BOWS: 30 Blush Rose Champagne Gold Bow Pack, £2.69 at The Range

TISSUE PAPER: Morrisons Tissue Paper White Red Snowflake 5 per pack, £1 at Morrisons or buy two, get third free. Offer ends December 24

SAVE: £1 when buying three

GIFT BAG: Winter Star Deer Print Christmas Medium Bag, £1.50 at Sainsbury’s or buy two and get third free.

SAVE: £1.50 when buying three

BOTTLE BAG:  Simply Clintons Holo Bottle Gift Bag Pack Of 3, £1.99 at Clintons

Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.

WEBISTE OF THE WEEK

‘Tis the season to save money. If you still need to snap up toys, games and stocking fillers, check out PoundToy.com. It’s one of the UK’s fastest-growing online stores and offers a selection of quality, branded character toys and games at ultra-low prices.

The family-run firm also has a huge selection of party bag fillers and favours, including flash deals for just a penny.

MD Elliot Lumb, said: “Our mission is to deliver safe, affordable and quality products which are responsibly sourced and complement childhood through fun, learning and exploration.”

See PoundToy.com 

Elliot’s Tips for Families on a Budget 

1.    Try the ‘Secret Santa’ challenge. If you have an extended family, or a large group of friends, set

up a Secret Santa round so you only have to buy one gift each. 

2.    Create a Christmas budget:  Christmas is a really expensive time of the year and it’s easy to lose track, so separate it from your normal spend.

3.    Don’t shop without a deal: Stretch the pennies close to Christmas by only buying when it’s on offer. You may need to hold your nerve and shop a little later or compare prices across retails, but putting in a little work means you’ll save a lot.

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