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Five unique holiday gift-wrapping ideas

Wrapping Christmas presents often feels like a chore, but it doesn’t have to. With a little creativity, you can make gift- wrapping fun — not to mention cheaper and more eco-friendly. Here are a few gift-wrapping ideas to inspire you.

theme your gift-wrapping around (pick a combo other than red and green).

as embellishments for your wrapped gifts.

amounts of wrapping paper each holi- day season.

3. Add natural materials as decorations. Try wrapping presents in brown Kraft paper, tying them with string and deco- rating the packages with sprigs of ever- green or dried flowers. If you’re decking your house with holly or other seasonal greenery, save some of the foliage to use

a good meal or two from a restaurant she enjoys. Bonus points if the restau- rant delivers! • Spa day: new moms don’t get much time to themselves, so encourage her to carve out a moment for herself with a gift certificate to a local spa for a mas- sage, facial or manicure and pedicure. 4. Try using furoshiki. Wrapping presents in patterned fabric, or furoshiki, is a Ja- panese practice that offers an estheti- cally pleasing and eco-friendly alterna- tive to wrapping paper. Fabric can be reused year after year so you don’t need to buy, and throw away, copious • E-reader: if she’s a bookworm, she pro- bably misses the days of curling up with a good book. This type of device is light enough that she can read through marathon feeding sessions with baby and has enough storage to hold a whole library of books.

5. Have your kids design the paper. Have your kids decorate large pieces of thin, white paper to use for wrapping pres- ents. The personalized drawings by your children will make the presents that you gift to your family members that much more meaningful.

Gifts for a newmom

1. Use recycled materials as gift-wrap. Wrap your gifts in recycled household items such as old newspapers and ma- gazines, discarded maps, left over wal- lpaper and even gently worn clothes. With some extra effort, your presents will look just as beautiful and far more interesting than if they were wrapped in plain old store-bought paper. 2. Go monochrome. For a sleek, stylish look, consider using shades of the same hue for wrapping paper, ribbon and gift bags. Or, choose two or three colours to

If you have a newmom to shop for, you may want to buy her something for the little one. Don’t do it! She probably al- ready has everything she needs, and she’ll likely be opening lots of baby-re- lated gifts from other people. Instead, opt to get something just for her. • Restaurant gift card: moms can become so busy tending to the needs of their kids, they neglect to put together heal- thy meals for themselves. This Christ- mas, help the new mom in your life get

• Babysitting: you don’t need to spend a lot of money to treat the new mom in your life. Offer to babysit the baby for a few hours so she can go on a date with her partner or even just take a nap. While gifts for baby are great, gifts for mom are even better. She’ll appreciate it more than you know.

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