Christmas is really for cats: Dangling ornaments to snatch off the tree, crinkly wrapping paper for toothsome chomping, curly bows to knock off packages and bat around on the floor … If you share a holiday home with a feline -- or if you’re just hoping to be more environmentally-friendly this year -- try these merrily creative (and kitty-proof) gift-wrapping ideas:
- Fabric - Browse through the beautiful, seasonal, and even humorous remnant samples at your local fabric store. Match each gift to a special fabric, folding over the edges and tucking in loose ends. Secure the fabric in place with small safety pins or with a long piece of ribbon. The edges will not be crisp and precise like wrapping paper – instead the overall effect will be homey, traditional, and unique.
- Drawstring bag – These can be purchased at craft stores in a variety of designs and sizes. Simply choose the size that will fit your gift, draw the string closed, and pin on a gift tag. The drawstrings can even be tied into a simple bow at the end.
- Lidded tin – Reuse a lidded metal tin from Christmas past. Just wipe it clean with a dry cloth (do not use a wet cloth here since many tins will rust.) Make a cozy nest inside the tin with some fabric, then gently snuggle your gift in the layers. Snap on the lid and tape a gift tag on top. Small one-quart tins work great for little gifts to pop into a stocking or tuck under the tree. One-gallon tins are just the right size for a surprising variety of items. And a 3-gallon tin works great for ‘wrapping’ large or oddly-shaped items.
In addition to being beautiful, unique, and environmentally-friendly, these non-traditional gift wrap methods make post-holiday clean up a breeze! Just fold up the fabric remnants, ribbon, safety pins, and bags and store them inside one of the lidded tins for next year.