I felt pretty guilty doing this, but out-of-date encyclopedias are pretty much worthless. This was a book that was going into paper recycling anyway.
Anyway, the idea is to wrap presents with pages carefully removed from a book. An older encyclopedia is a great donor book in that it looks old and classy, has interesting information printed on it, and sometimes has pictures as well.
Step 1: Materials & Tools
1+ Donor Book (I wrapped all of my Christmas gifts using only this one book, but if you had more to wrap you'd need more.)
Scissors are optional, I don't think I actually used them at all.
Then peel the pages away from the batch, starting with the outside page. You should see that you have two pages on one piece of paper. Using these instead of tearing out individual pages halves the wrapping work.
Get a few of these separated pages ready. You can always get more when you need them, but it's handy to have a stack to take from.
Anyway, the pictures tell a clearer story.
Step 3: Wrap
I wrapped presents differing in size from a wallet to a box two feet on two sides. It's a wrapping style that gets noticed, and it gives people waiting for presents something to read while waiting.