A week ago today was my Mom’s birthday. Remember the cake I made for her?

Well, I took some pictures of her gift and how I wrapped it, so I thought I’d share that with you today. I love wrapping presents, but I hate the expense of buying wrapping paper just to have it thrown in the trash. When I was at Wal-Mart picking out wrapping paper, I noticed this picnic basket sitting in the clearance isle.

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It was from the Better Homes & Garden collection. For about the same price, I could ‘wrap’ her present in this picnic basket instead of using overpriced ribbon and wrapping paper. Sold!

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In the bottom of the basket I put a sweater I got her wrapped in the tissue from the store.

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I put a layer of tissue paper on top of the sweater. Owning a gift shoppe I always have tissue paper on hand.

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I used tissue paper to wrap her other gifts and tied them up with some pink satin ribbon. Again, something I always have on hand.

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I used more to the pink satin ribbon to tie up the picnic basket.

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 To finish off the ends of the ribbon I cut a dovetail. To do this, just fold your ribbon in half, then cut up at a diagonal towards the fold. Its’ that simple! It gives a really finished look to your ribbon.

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After tucking the card in, her gift was ready to go!

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For the money I would have spent on wrapping paper and ribbon (that would have ended up in the trash), I was able to present her gift in a unique and fun way.  Plus, this untraditional wrapping became part of the gift. Love that!

Again, Happy Birthday Mom! Thank for all you do!

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Do you guys and gals like wrapping presents? Do you have any fun or unique ideas to share?

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  • Carrie Rosalind at

    Such cute wrapping and an added present with the basket! 🙂 I love that John Lennon quote and I love how you put it over the picture. Great post! 🙂

  • Anonymous at

    I always do the same thing…I find a suitable baket or box and layer the items or line them up one behind the other, years ago, I would then use clear wrap to cover it…but now I don’t even do that’
    ps…love the quote!

  • Heather at

    What a great idea and fabulous find! Even the lining of the basket is cute. I’m not always a Walmart fan, but this changes my mind! I bet your mom loved it.

  • Funky Junk Interiors at

    I think I’d like you to hang out with my son and offer him all these lovely ideas on what he can do for me. 🙂

    This is really lovely! I’ve given gifts in unique clay pots or little trays found at the thrift in order to present a gift. Very fun and unique!

    Donna

  • MelindaB at

    You are a thoughtful son! I hope I am raising such a man/son!!

  • lanae at

    What a creative and wonderful idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Patti at

    What a nice presentation – Lucky mom!!

  • Deb @ Paper Turtle at

    I knew Carrie was going to LOVE that quote! And I’m sure your mom loved her birthday gifts – how could she not? I always love using satin ribbon to tie up a gift – just a nice and elegant touch to finish it off. Well done, Michael!

  • LetterstoLauren at

    I love giving gifts like this! It’s always so much more fun to give someone something they can use, and to be resourceful at the same time. Don’t get me wrong, I love wrapping presents (weird, right?) because the end result is pretty, but this kind of gift is so much more creative. You did awesome!

  • Jen at

    Cute idea! I love to give cookbooks as wedding gifts, wrapping them up in a linen tea towel, tied up with satan ribbon with a whisk or other useful kitchen item. I have been giving Pioneer Woman’s cookbook because it is so simple that a beginning cook can follow it. It’s a hit every time!

  • Lucy at

    It’s been years since I’ve used wrapping paper. When I give a baby gift, I usually put the gifts in a large Rubbermaid container that can be used for storing all the extras that aren’t immediately needed. Older children get their gifts wrapped in t-shirts or the bed of toy trucks or something along those lines. Adults get theirs wrapped in baskets, antique gift tins, ceramic bowls/baking tins, decorative boxes, all of which have been gotten on sale or at resale shops or garage sales or been handmade by me (like wooden box totes). Everything has a storage component or recycle/upcycle intent. I gave up buying gift bags years ago (but have occasionally reused ones I’ve received for gifts) when I started seeing the price of them being nearly as much as a container that would serve double-duty. I’m sure your mother appreciated the beautifully prepped and filled basket. I would have!

  • personalised gifts at

    Its a great idea.
    I loved the message of Jhon Lennon.
    Thanks a lot..

  • Steiff bear at

    I love that quote from John Lennon. It really hit me.

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