Give holiday gifts unexpected panache by using leftover yarn in place of ribbon.
Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2002
Wind cotton or wool yarn around presents (solid-color paper looks best) -- a few times for thin stripes or several times more for thick ones. Use a fuzzy yarn to give packages a cozy texture. Combine different yarns for colorful striations.
Knot strands tightly on the bottom of each box. If desired, tie a bow on top.