Emerald Valley Almanac

It’s a wrap!

With the price of everything going up, we’re all looking for ways to save money. While not a huge savings, eschewing wrapping paper and purchased gift boxes can reduce holiday costs and give you a chance to show off your creative side as well.

Instead of rolls of wrapping paper, look around for other materials that can be wrapped around a box or the gift item itself.

For example:

• Chronicle newspaper – perhaps match a colorful section or featured article to the gift or the recipient.

• Hand-decorated butcher . . .