I recently came across the traditional Japanese method of wrapping gifts in a square of beautiful fabric—called furoshiki. This external link details a range of furoshiki wrapping techniques for different sized presents.
This year I’d like to give some of my gifts wrapped in this manner. The fabric in the photo above is actually napkins from an op shop. I plan to look for a range of different sizes and fabric types through the year. And although furoshiki uses no embellishments, I'll probably also get some wide ribbon.
Other alternatives to traditional wrapping paper are fabric bags, magazine pages, newspaper cartoon pages, and children's artwork. I even use pillowslips at Christmas to wrap awkwardly-shaped gifts.
Have you tried this technique to wrap presents? Do you use any other alternative ways of wrapping?