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January - Garnet
February - Light Purple Amethyst
March - Blue/Green Aquamarine
April - Diamond
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June - Pearl
July - Ruby
August - Light Green Peridot
September - Blue Sapphire
October - Multi-Color Opal
November - Golden Topaz
December - Turquoise or Blue Zircon
Gift Wrap Ideas
Pretty And Frugal Gift Wrap Ideas
by: Abigail Beal
Sometimes gift wrapping can be so expensive -- once youve
bought the paper, tissue and the card youve spent
just as much as you did on the gift. Here are some pretty
and frugal gift wrap ideas to help you save more so you
can spend more on your gifts and your loved ones.
When saving money on gift wrapping materials the most
important thing to keep in mind is your own needs -- and
everyones needs are different. Think of what type
of occasions are likely to come up during this year. If
three of your friends are now pregnant, you are likely
to go to three baby showers in the near future. If two
other friends have engagement rings on their fingers,
you will probably be invited to bridal showers and also
a wedding within the next year. You cant plan for
everything life has in store for you -- but try to look
at what is a strong possibility and plan for that.
The next thing to keep in mind is your style. If you are
a crafty person that likes to make things you may be happiest
buying supplies where you need to create some of your
gift wrapping materials. But if you are not a crafty person
at all and you just want to wrap your gifts and make them
look pretty, focus on finding pre-made gift wrapping materials.
Theres no reason to re-invent the wheel and it is
really apples vs. oranges if you make your own gift cards
or buy them -- you are probably spending about the same
amount of money.
A great place to go is The Dollar Store. There is one
in most communities and usually they carry gift wrap.
Sometimes gift wrapping paper can be two rolls for one
dollar and other times it can be one roll for one dollar
(depends on the store). The Dollar Store is also a great
location for other basic gift wrapping items such as tissue,
tape, scissors and even traditional cards. The key to
buying gift wrapping paper and cards at any dollar store
is to try to plan ahead for special occasions and holidays
that will occur within the next six months to a year --
because stock at every dollar store changes over quickly
and it may not be there in a month or so.
Consider gift wrapping your item in non-traditional paper.
There are so many different kinds of paper out there that
we use in our daily lives that are attractive. You can
use something fun like the Sunday paper comics or even
the crossword section for someone who likes good puzzles.
A musician or composer would appreciate a gift wrapped
in music sheets; these can be found at any music store.
For a very artistic look try wrapping your gift using
magazine pages -- such as from a high fashion magazine
or even a scientific discovery magazine. A gift wrapped
in National Geographic Magazine pages would be perfect
for someone who cares about animals and the environment.
For someone who is learning a foreign language, wrap their
gift in a newspaper or magazine of that language -- you
can find this at a large bookstore or even an airport.
Try to match the gift wrapping paper style to the tastes
of the person that you are giving the gift to.
We all know that the day after every holiday, the gift
wrapping paper goes on sale. This is a wonderful time
to stock up but do so in a reasonable fashion. Look for
gift wrapping paper that you can use year-round because
even if you do hold the gift wrapping roll for a year,
chances are you are going to want to use several gift
wrap rolls for a large holiday or occasion. Your best
bet at after holiday sales are solid colors and patterns
that you and your friends like. Everyones tastes
are different -- so for one home that would just love
polka dots, another home would really love to use a roll
of paper that had a plaid pattern. If the pattern or color
on the gift wrap roll doesnt appeal to you, dont
buy it, even if it is on sale, there is just too much
gift wrapping paper out there. Also remember if you are
shopping at a chain store to visit the chain stores that
get less traffic because they will have more of a variety
of gift wrapping paper. Store your gift wrapping paper
in a sensible place, somewhere cool and dry and where
you will be able to find it easily like a coat closet.
This is probably one of the top ways to save money on
gift wrapping ? and it works like a charm.
Another choice is to consider using very basic craft white
or brown paper and then to add some fancy finishes to
this. Add a large bow and a nice card. Or take a rubber
stamp and stamp a design on it. Do something that is easily
when you are doing this ? do something that comes naturally.
If it is Christmas then buy some inexpensive Christmas
ornaments and tie one on each package with the ribbon.
If it is springtime, pick some flowers and tuck them under
the ribbon to show springs bounty. This will make
your gift look very special, but it is still keeping your
gift wrapping very frugal.
With a little planning and some creativity you can easily
find inexpensive ways to wrap gifts for any holiday. Happy
About The Author
Abigail Beal © 2004 Abigail Beal a.k.a. the
Gift-wrap Goddess teaches gift wrap in suburban
New York. She is the author of 2 ezines: GiftWrapGoddessWraps
and CreativeCraftsTeachers. To subscribe: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CreativeCraftsTeachers/