Sarah and I placed a joint order to The Container Store late this autumn, and when it came, there was plenty of brown packing paper in the huge box. I told Sarah to keep it, since I might come up with a use for it. During my Internet browsing, I came upon this idea for wrapping gifts. I knew I had doilies, - some more than 20 years old - and I remembered I had some red raffia with my craft supplies. Here's my take on this frugal gift wrapping idea.
I'll be looking for other frugal and simple gift wrapping ideas during the year, leaving the fancy wrapping paper (of which there is plenty!) for the rest of the family.