Ever find yourself in a pinch when wrapping a small gift box? Cutting scraps off of larger wrapping paper can be a chore because you try to not take away what you might need for larger gifts. Big rolls’ large-scale patterns can quickly overwhelm small gifts.

Here’s my festive sMARt tip for wrapping small items with style. Fun, bold-patterned paper holiday napkins make for the perfect wrapping paper alternative.  With so many festive choices and trendy patterns, why not consider this creative resource? Either dinner- or cocktail-sized napkins work perfectly for these small wrapping projects. Personally, I avoid those with funny sayings on them unless it is a repeated pattern of words — otherwise you end up trying to center the writing on the gift, which is too challenging. Wrap as you would with traditional wrapping paper, add a simple bow and you’re done.

This year why not rethink of the traditional paper napkin as a wonderful new resource. So the next time you pick up paper napkins remember they’re not just for serving hors d’oeuvres or cocktails –  they serve up great wrapping style options. And your friends will think you’re the cleverest.

Now that’s wrapping made simple and sMARt.