Craft paper makes cheap, recyclable wrapping paper
I've finally accepted that I just can't deal with wrapping paper. As much as I love beautifully-wrapped gifts, I can't abide buying paper that's meant simply to be ripped up and thrown away. I've used newspaper in the past, but it got rather messy and it felt less than festive.
This year, my solution was to buy an extra roll of white craft paper to use as wrapping. Not only is the paper recyclable, the all-white color scheme looks rather elegant. Having such a long roll of paper made wrapping even awkwardly-shaped gifts a snap, and whatever we don't use (which will be most of the roll) will go straight into my daughter's art easel.
Weekend project for the kids: let them loose on the paper (or the already-wrapped gifts) with markers and stamps. Custom wrapping paper and art project all in one!
Speaking or art projects -- if you've got a few oversized pieces of kid art sitting around, use them to wrap gifts as well.
Any other gift-wrapping hacks out there?