Serious Repurposer or Just Too Practical?

I am very practical. Some would so annoyingly so. This is one chic who WANTS practical gifts.  I celebrated that I got a new mop for my birthday. Yes, my husband has it made.

The upside of this is that I am easy to please.  The downside is that I like to give practical gifts for my friends and family.  Strangely, they don’t share in my joy of practical gifting.  It has now become a game with them; who can get Marnie the most UNpractical gift that she will grudgingly admit is still prey cool?  This past birthday I got a small Lego set of The Lord of the Rings.  Lego Frodo, Sam, and Gandalf sit on my book shelf above my sewing machine.  And I must admit, they’re pretty cool.

So I’m asking you for your thoughts on my idea this past Holiday season that got a resounding NO from family…

1) Wrap gifts with the comics. The fancy paper gets ripped and recycled anyway.

From Pinterest: comics for wrapping

2) Ok, how about gifts from adult to adult in the newspaper, but keep the kids in regular wrapping paper?

I know, I know. You can save the wrapping paper and use it over and over.  I have found that not to really be the case with an excited little boy.

Now here is one idea that I think is FABULOUS.  It is a bit time consuming, but it really dresses a gift nicely.  Save your Christmas cards. Tear off the pretty cover, provided the inside of it is blank.  Use those as the gift tags for next year.  It would add a bit of the holiday imagery to the newspaper, don’t you think?  I thought I was all innovative and ‘green’ doing this for many years until I saw it all over Pinterest.

From myfrugalhome.com: old Christmas Cards as gift tags

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