FEW festive sights are more satisfying than a pile of beautifully-wrapped presents under your Christmas tree.
But if you go all out on fancy paper, ribbons, bows and gorgeous gift tags, you can end up spending a pretty penny.
Here’s how to get your wrapping done for less.
LEFTOVERS: Before buying new, have a root around the house and dig out odds and ends of wrapping paper and gift bags you already have.
BROWN PAPER: Re-use the brown packing paper that comes with Amazon parcels.
Not only will you save money, you’ll be doing your bit for the environment, too.
Alternatives include newspaper, tissue paper and old maps.
MISTLETOE AND TWINE: Jazz up plain wrapping paper with some colourful twine.
You can get 27m of red and white twine for just £2 from Hobbycraft.
IN FOR A POUND: Pick up wrapping paper at rock-bottom prices from discount stores.
Go to Poundland and you can get a whopping 12m for just £1.
ALL WRAPPED UP: It’s easy to be lazy and waste lots of paper unnecessarily.
But by wrapping gifts efficiently, and saving pieces that are big enough to wrap other presents, you won’t need to buy as much.
GRAB A DEAL: B&M is doing three-for-£5 on its Christmas gift ribbon range, usually £2 each.
CRAFT A MESSAGE: Make your own gift tags out of plain card, and get kids to decorate with stencils and glitter.
HIT THE SALES: Remember to pick up wrapping paper in January when it’s often heavily discounted.
- Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
Deal of the day
TESCO is offering Clubcard holders 50 per cent off its large beef roasting joint with basting fat, reduced from £12 to £6 per kg.
SAVE: £6 per kg
GRAB a bottle of The Infusionist spiced biscuit gin liqueur 50cl, £8.99, from Aldi.
FRANKIE & Benny’s has launched its Christmas menu, including a set menu with two courses for £16.90 and three courses for £18.90.
How about a brie & cranberry burger (veggie option also available), followed by a Bailey’s & chocolate cheesecake?
DRIFT off to a good night’s sleep with the 100ml Miaroma relaxing lavender sleep mist spray £10 at Holland & Barrett, or save with the Land Of Nod pillow spray 120ml for just £1, from Poundland.
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