Somehow the wrap is almost as good as the gift that lies within.
Next time you are tempted to just throw your gift into a gift bag or box, think about some creative ways to present your birthday gift.
Tissue paper should never be underestimated. It is cheap, cheery and as bright as a button. I buy mine at the local dollar store for $1 a pack. A little trim and pretty card or tag and you have a beautiful gift for your receiver.
I have a box full of pretty papers and cards and when it's time to wrap a gift, I find everything in one handy place.
My favourite gift wrap at the moment is my last years calender. The graphics on my calender were far too pretty to throw away, so I kept it and recycle it to make cards and wrap gifts.
Another inexpensive way to wrap is with pages from an old book.
Everybody has old books lying around. Even newspaper pages (if the ink is stayfast and you line it with plain tissue paper) can look great to wrap gifts.
Home made gift tags are also inexpensive and best of all, you can put your own stamp of creativity onto it.