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Friday, March 20, 2015

Free manly-man gift wrap

I receive these maps in the mail, free, about once every 6 months. They come with a request for a donation from Doctors Without Borders.

They make great gift wrap, especially nice for masculine gift wrapping.

Father's Day is just around the corner, and I think this map will be used then!



Deb said...

This is a great idea. I also use use newspaper that are in different languages that are being tossed.

Anonymous said...

Great idea...never thought to use these for male gift wrapping. I usually have tossed unwanted maps into the trash.

Lately, I have been looking at what goes into the trash with repurpose in mind. I keep all sorts of papers and containers. My granddaughter likes to share craft ideas which she learns from school. One neat idea I learned from her is to origami fold paper into boxes. I am so enamored with having instant trinket boxes to organize small this thats on my desk and in drawers. Since I craft a lot these boxes come in handy.


Anonymous said...

I found the instruction for making these boxes by googling "origami fold boxes"..


Lili said...

Deb, you must live someplace with an international population! Newspaper printed in other languages sounds very interesting indeed, to use as gift wrap. I may have the opportunity to go to San Francisco this spring. several international districts there, I'll be keeping my eyes open for newspapers being tossed.

Lili said...

I do watch for interesting things in the junk mail. I get stickers and greeting cards, and maps. When my kids were young, they loved to play with the fake credit cards that came with credit card applications. I would make them a paper wallet, fill with these credit cards and they played "store", along with small empty boxes I'd save, for the food and sundry items to shop for.

My kids will make a box for me, when I need one for a gift. You can make a shallow origami box with lid for a gift card. At Christmas, we use old Christmas cards to make small boxes. Makes a nice presentation for a small gift or gift card.

Cheapchick said...

That is a great idea - they would also be great for avid travelers :)

Lili said...

Oh, great idea, Cheapchick. I hadn't thought to use these maps for the travelers in my circle. Thanks!

DW said...

I just got one of those! I was considering offering it to a neighbor who home schools. But I like your idea, too.

Linda said...

My mom used to use the comics from the Sunday paper as wrapping paper, and used yarn for ribbon. She also used old maps usually found in thrift stores to use for wrapping paper as well.

Anonymous said...

Really love your site, Lili. I am learning so much. Your thinking through frugality is impeccable and you're not afraid of the hard work and discipline that goes with frugality. I lose interest in most sites because they don't break thru barriers the way you do.
I came back to this post to say thank you for your tip using Christmas cards. I tried making rectangle boxes from card stock, and yes, pretty darn neat when I need little boxes for gift cards. But it also introduced the idea of making rectangle boxes. I made only *square* boxes before your post.


Live and Learn said...

I also use local maps for gift wrap and if I can, I try to use one that coordinates with where a person lives or maybe someplace they are traveling to. I locate this part of the map on the top of the package. Funny papers (comics) are also a favorite gift wrap. Of if you just want something colorful, my son chooses all of his wrapping paper from the junk mail he gets.

Belinda said...

I get these from Sierra Club in the mail. I trade mine of Listia for points, which I use to "buy" others things on there. Gift wrap is a good idea. :)

Lili said...

Hi DW,
This must be their mailing season. Your neighbor who homeschools may be able to use a new map. I know for many years, we were using older maps, which I had to "update" by hand, when homeschooling.

Lili said...

Hi Linda,
I do remember as a kid, getting a lot of gifts wrapped in the funny pages. Comics make very nice, colorful paper for gift wrap. (And then some fun reading afterward.)

Lili said...

Hi live and learn,
A very creative and frugal son of yours. I'll have to check out the junk mailings and see what's in there. Thanks for the tip.

Lili said...

Hi Belinda,
I'll check into Listia. You have found a lot of interesting places to make trades, for goods and $$! Thanks for the tip.

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