Don’t spend a fortune on expensive wrapping paper for your Christmas gifts this year. Instead, go green, and use items you already have at home, or forego the paper all together. I have 10 creative ways to wrap your gifts, that will save you money and our environment.
1. Use items that can be reused again in a different way. Mugs, containers, and buckets are great alternatives to wrapping paper. For example, one year, I gave my garden enthusiast aunt a watering can filled with flower seeds, gardening gloves, and a book about growing organic vegetables. It looked beautiful, and there was no waste.
2. If you have left over wall paper, use it to wrap gifts. It’s sure to make a statement and loads of fun to use, because there are so many varieties and prints.
3. Use dish towels to wrap small items and bath towels for larger items. Both can be used again and again by the person you are giving them to, and there is nothing to throw away.
4. Have kids decorate brown, grocery bags, and then use them as wrapping paper. After the gift has been opened, the brown bags can go right into the recycling bin. I do this every year with my kids, and their grandparents get a big kick out of it.
5. Instead of using decorative bows that end up polluting our land fills, use items from the outdoors. Twigs, sticks, dried berries, and evergreens look great as gift toppers.
6. Use old road maps to wrap books. They can be recycled after opening.
7. Forget the wrapping all together, and have family and friends “hunt” for their gifts. Place piles of gifts in discreet places around your home, and search for them like you would an Easter basket.
8. Use sweaters and tee shirts as wrapping paper. It’s like getting 2 gifts in one, and who doesn’t like that?
9. Use aluminum foil. It’s shiny and can be used again, and then recycled. Dress it up with colorful hair ribbons. Then, donate the hair ribbons to Good Will.
10. Use newspaper, or the comics. Again, once the gift has been opened, the paper can be recycled.
If you still insist on wrapping paper, use paper that has been recycled and that can be recycled. I have used paper from the following sites: