Yarn. Brown paper packages tied up with yarn. Hmm, I would welcome the Sound of Music DVD/Blueray under my tree any year. But as I buy most of the presents in the household, I can pretty much guarantee that it is not under the tree THIS year.
Did I say buy? I meant I buy AND wrap the presents because really, can you see Drew doing it? Didn't think so. Lately, I've been on a kraft paper kick. Call me late to the party, but I love the simplicity of it. I was going to tie my brown paper packages with plain old string, but I have all this leftover yarn from crochet projects, and they were just cluttering up my attic with their "too-short-for-another-project"-ness, but I felt bad throwing them all away, because it was still quite a handful. So, they have been recruited into package decorators, and my Christmas gifts have turned into brown paper packages tied up with yarn.
And a sprig of pine. Because we have lots of those hanging around as well, since that 60 foot pine tree that sits 10 feet from our back door does nothing all year except drop
crap stuff into our yard.
I added a couple of hand-punched tags here and there, and Voila! Here's my very simple take on Christmas gift-wrapping. Not a cent spent, at least not for this particular project!