Alternatives to Cards and Wrapping Paper
December 6, 2009 16 Comments
Yesterday I attended a baby shower for one of my colleagues. She isn’t in the lab that I work in, but in the one that I collaborate with. I was thrilled to get an invitation. Somehow, as a 29 year old female, this was my first baby shower as an adult. All of my friends in high school and in college had babies after I or they had moved away.
One thing that I hate, hate, hate spending money on is wrapping paper and cards. $4 for a little roll of wrapping paper? $2.99 for a card? I’d rather spend the $6.99 on a real gift.
Of course people have the typical things they use for cheap wrapping paper: newspaper, construction paper, maps, comics
For the baby shower I decided to wrap the present in something useful – the crocheted baby blanket that I made.
I like wrapping gifts in USEFUL items. A blanket. A crocheted scarf. A reusable canvas bag tied with a bow.
So I wrapped my two registry purchased items in my crocheted baby blanket tied with my crocheted flower bow. For a card I wrote just a little note on some stationary that I picked up a few years ago and included the gift receipt. The stationary has little animals around it so it was perfect for a baby shower.
All in all I spent $22 on my two registry requested gifts, a pack of diapers for the lottery at the shower, the baby blanket I made as wrapping and the “card” that I hand wrote myself.
Here are some pictures a few of the baby blankets I’ve made as wrapping paper in the past: