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15 DIY Alternatives To Traditional Gift Wrapping Paper This Christmas

You’ll never have to buy those fancy wrappers again!

Christmas isn’t only the most wonderful time of the year – it’s also one of the most expensive. Just think of all the parties you have to attend, all the food you have to prepare, and, yes, all the gifts you have to gift.

Especially if you have a long list, we really couldn’t blame you if you feel tempted to think that you must be some sort of a real-life Santa Claus at some point.

Well fortunately, there are ways to minimize the stress and save on expenses during the holiday season. We’ve shared some Christmas hacks recently and you might want to check that out.

Also, as you can probably figure out from this article’s title, it’s completely possible to go the DIY route in wrapping your gifts by taking advantage of available materials you can find in your home.

Go scroll down and check out some cool alternatives to traditional Christmas gift wrappers:

1. Recycled Cloth Bag

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Look for some pieces of cloth (scraps, curtains, etc) and, as you can see on the picture above, use it to wrap your gifts. It just takes some creativity and you’ll definitely pull this off quite well.

2. Music Sheet on Paper Bag

Stick a music sheet on an ordinary paper bag and you’ll be surprised how it will look awesome. You won’t have to buy those fancy gift bags anymore!

3. Sweater Bag

Sweaters are in during the Christmas season so if you’re getting a new one, you might want to repurpose your old one into a gift bag instead.

4. Grocery Bag

Most stores use Christmas-themed grocery bags during the yuletide, right? Well, there goes something you can use as a decorative wrapper!

5. Printable Wrapping Paper

Got a printer and some paper? Your problem is solved!

6. Stamped Junk Mail

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If you’ve got a lot of junk mail (who doesn’t?), grab a stamp and you’ll be ready to rock.

7. Old Scarf

You won’t even need any tapes, strings, or bows for this option.

8. Newspaper Bag

It looks hip and it’s really easy to make one. All you’ll need is a newspaper sheet, a cardstock, along with some glue and a cord.

9. Cereal Box

Don’t throw those cereal boxes just yet and transform them into awesome gift boxes instead.

10. Christmas Plastic Container

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Now this one will be perfect for your cookies! This will be much better than trays or plates.

11. Word Search Wrapper

This one’s very easy to make – and super fun for the gift recipients as well. All you’ll need is a printer and a program to do it. Try MS Word or Photoshop maybe!

12. Aluminum Foil Wrapper

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Your gift will be the shiniest, no doubt, if you utilize a tin foil.

13. Comic Strip Wrapper

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The comic section of the newspaper can be a gold mine for alternative wrapping. Top it off with a colorful bow made from a magazine page.

14. Cardboard Box With Felt Roses

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Create roses out of felt scraps and then use it as a topper for a plain cardboard box. It looks cool and cute!

15. Ziploc Holiday Containers

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The photos speak for themselves so yep, Ziplocs can be awesome in packing your gifts.

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20 No Equipment Exercises You Can Do At Home If You’re Too Busy For The Gym

No time to hit the gym? No worries! These no equipment workouts are perfect for you.

Don’t have time to hit the gym? Well, that’s not a valid excuse if you really want to be fit and healthy. As the old saying goes, there is always a way if you have the will. Besides, in addition to traditional means of exercising, there are actually other fun, inexpensive ways of getting your muscles moving and finally losing those much-dreaded body fats.

Couples, for example, can take advantage of intimate time and do the so-called sexercise positions. That way, both partners can workout (and literally sweat it out) at the same time.

For those who are single or at least for those who are unwilling to spend money on home gym equipment, listen up.

Yes, there are also many great exercise routines you can perform right at the comfort of your own room.

As you will see below, it is definitely possible to live a healthy lifestyle even if you have limited money and resources. Check out these 20 no equipment exercises designed for busy individuals who may have a little time to spare while they are at home.

Feel free to scroll down and we bet you will thank us later.

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15 Best Indoor Plants For Every Room in Your House

Not only do they make your room beautiful, they also help maintain a cleaner air.

There are plenty of ways to decorate a home without having to spend thousands of dollars. Pot plants, in particular, are capable of turning your house into a cozier and more beautiful haven. But since there are plenty of flowers and/or plants to choose from, finding the right one is no easy task.

Elite Readers has this sorted out for you, though. We have compiled a list of plants – which are basically 3 for every 5 rooms – that are perfect in any room of your house. Scroll down below and let us know which one is your favorite!

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Concrete Tubes Turned Into Affordable Pods Can Be The Solution For Housing Problem

The tubes can be fitted and stacked in narrow alleyways between buildings.


To say that Hong Kong has a housing problem is an understatement. Real estate has become so expensive in the city that high-rise buildings crammed full of tenants have become the norm.

Architect James Law may have a solution to this problem in the form of concrete water pipes converted into tiny homes. Law, who is from James Law Cybertecture, designed the OPod Tube Housing system, which repurposes concrete tubes that are just eight feet in diameter.

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