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Home improvements: Putting the wrap on it

If you have some extra time after decorating your home to celebrate Christmas, why not have a go at making your own wrapping paper? This fun and family-friendly activity is sure to add a personalised touch to your gift giving this season.

While newspaper has always been a popular alternative to store-bought wrapping paper, consider using old paper maps instead. Try to choose maps that are somehow connected to the gift receiver: a map of their hometown, their favourite city or even where they’re currently living. For added sparkle, top your ­wrapping with a piece of silver ribbon or string.

Alternatively, for presents that are being given by your children, why not help them create some completely personalised wrapping?

Grab some paper, a few festive rubber stamps, pom-poms, glue and red and green ink pads. First, wrap each gift, then encourage your children to decorate each one any way they choose. This works particularly well if the gift is for a close member of the family, such as a parent or ­grandparent.

Updated: December 21, 2016 04:00 AM

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