1. The sports section of the newspaper
2. The drawstring from an old pair of sweat pants
3. And a soda can (if you can find it, a Dr. Pepper NFL can)
You'll also need a pair of scissors, a sharpie, scotch tape, a hole punch, and a metal file.
Take the newspaper and wrap your gift just as you would with expensive wrapping paper.
You'll need a gift tag, so grab a soda can that is similar in color to a football. I happened to have a couple of limited edition Dr. Pepper cans that have the image of football laces down the side. Trace out a football shape and cut and file the shape. If you need a more detailed tutorial on effectively cutting a soda can, check out my YouTube tutorial.
Once you've filed the rough edges of your football shaped gift tag, use a standard size hole punch to make a hole at one end. Use your sharpie to mark the back (silver) side of the aluminum with the name of your gift recipient. Now you can wrap the package with the drawstring, threading both ends through the hole in the gift tag. Tie the two strings together to form a knot on top of the tag. All set for giving!