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Simple and Good Lookin’ Green Gift Wrapping Ideas

5 December 2011

Oh the typical routine of ripping open a gift and throwing the paper in a giant pile – only to be thrown out. This holiday season change it up and give your loved one gifts wrapped in material that has either been re-used or is re-usable. This can save you money and time (you don’t have to go out and buy tons of wrapping paper) and is a more personalized and unique way to give a present. Here are some of my favorite ideas:

  • A present inside a present: Such as wrapping a book inside a handmade scarf or shirt- a nice little surprise and looks great!
  • Avoid plastic ribbon: Instead of the traditional plastic ribbon that has no use after it is cut and curled, use wired fabric ribbon, or fun patterned hair ribbons that can be used again.
  • Check around for re-usable paper: old maps, sheet music, newspaper,and magazines make visually interesting wrapping paper.  I always collect my favorite magazine ads and pictures for my gifts.
  • Brown paper bags with string: I love the simple and classy look of a present wrapped in a brown paper bag. You can add re-usable ribbon, string, or even a little ornament to make it personal. And you can write your ‘to’ and ‘from’ note right on the bag!
  • Buy sensibly: If you are buying new gift wrapping materials, buy things that can easily be re-used. I always love getting gifts in cute paper bags because I can re-use them when I give a gift.
  • Re-useable fabric bags: Give your gift in a re-useable bag that they can use to pick up groceries and maybe some gifts for you!
  • Have the kids help: Creating an activity out of coloring and painting on newspapers, paper bags, or old printer paper  can be a fun way to make colorful and personalized wrapping paper- great way to surprise grandparents with a piece of personal art!

Happy wrapping!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 6 December 2011 10:26 am

    I love the brown paper bag idea, and we did that last year. For color, you can use the Sunday comics from the newspaper, which I’ve done for decades.

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