Waste not want not. Selvedge suggests wrapping this season's presents in fabric: handkerchiefs or scarves that become part of the gift, or pretty remnants that happen to be on hand.
Online step-by-step instructions show how to make tidy packages using one continuous piece of fabric. No ribbon or string is used, and objects of various shapes and sizes are covered.
It would be fun to wrap scarlet fabric around Amy Butler Greenfield's celebrated A Perfect Red, the book about the infamous and once extremely valuable red dye, cochineal.
Photo of freshly dyed red fabric by David Greenfield. Visit Amy Butler Greenfield's site to learn more.
Silk scarf at top is from Hermes; images two and three via Selvedge; rouge yarn-dyed fabric via Les Indiennes.