Pulse: Style: That’s a Wrap

This year, mix household items with store-bought supplies to package your gifts in style

Start with: An old pair of jeans cut along the seams, with the pocket on the gift’s largest surface.
Add on: A CD — a personalized mix, or a Philly favorite like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah—with a note written in permanent marker. (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah available at insound.com.)

Start with: Animal-print paper or fabric.
Add on: Ribbons, beads, and a feather as a card, plus a festive sequin belt, a scarf, or a costume necklace — for an added treat.
(Mock-croc paper bag from AIA Bookstore & Design Center, 117 South 17th Street, 215-569-3188; beads and feathers from Pearl Art & Craft Supplies, 417 South Street, 215-238-1900.)

Start with: A Chinese food carton container.
Add on: A cocktail napkin as a gift card, plus an olive-on-ice ornament for this year’s tree. (Carton and ornaments from AIA Bookstore & Design Center.)

Start with: Map-themed wrapping paper (or an old paper map).
Add on: An air-mail envelope as a tag and a keychain compass for future trips. (Wrapping paper from Papyrus, 211 South 17th Street, 215-545-2680; air-mail envelope and compass keychain from Chinese Culture & Arts, 126 North 10th Street; 215-928-1616.)

Start with: Brightly colored tissue paper covered in clear cellophane and cinched at both ends with ribbons.
Add on: Candy buttons, licorice, or any favorite sweet. Or tie on a gingerbread-man cookie (or cookie cutter) with an IOU for a baking session. (Tissue paper and cellophane from Kmart, kmart.com; candy buttons from Nuts to You, nuts-to-you.com; cookie cutter available at Kitchen Kapers, kitchenkapers.com.)

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