We’re just a few days away from Christmas and chances are, you still have plenty more gifts to wrap! Whether it’s that long lost family member who’s flying into town or your very own children, most people find themselves wrapping gifts up until the last minute. It’s not too late to throw some creativity into the mix and wrap your gifts in Eco-friendly ways. Your gifts will look stunning and you’ll know you’re doing something great for the environment.
1) Recycled Aluminum Foil. It may sound tacky, but recycled aluminum foil is super shiny and looks great when you add white ribbons and bows. Plus, your gifts will certainly stand apart from the rest.
2) Reusable Gift Bags. Since we only use them for a few minutes, gift bags generally stay in great condition and can be reused again and again. Add your own gift tag and recycled tissue paper and you’ve got Eco-friendly gift wrap that barely costs a dime!
3) Recycled Wrapping Paper. If you can’t settle for anything less than festive wrapping paper, be sure to stick to those that are made from recycled materials. Read the label – some are 100% recycled, while others are much less.
4) No-wrap Containers. If your gift has a theme, consider wrapping it in something that goes along with the theme. For example, gardening supplies look great in a water bucket, while baby blankets can be placed in a wicker basket. Hot chocolate can be placed in coffee mugs and kids toys can be wrapped up in new toy fabric bins – great for storage!
5) Fabric. Think of all the colorful fabrics you have lying around – leftovers from scarves, old clothes, tablecloths, etc. Wrap up gifts in these fabrics, which are sure to add plenty of color and presentation.
6) Boxes. We all have plenty of them lying around, so be sure to save them throughout the year. You can even have fun decorating the plain ones, which will come in handy and save you money when it’s time to wrap presents!
7) Paper Bags. Get out the glitter, stampers, and markers! Let your kids decorate paper bags and place the gifts inside them. Don’t forget to add a festive bow and once again, you’ve saved money and helped the environment.
8) Old News. From newspapers to maps, calendars to coupons, don’t hesitate to reuse these old papers for your very own recyclable gift wrap. For an extra creative touch, stick to themes for your recipients, such as the comic section for kids’ gifts and a horse calendar for the horse lover.
9) Glass Jars. Whether you use them for canning sauce or you’ve received them over the years, glass jars are an Eco-friendly way to give a gift. Fill them with potpourri, beans for a dip, or bath salts. Either way, they look festive and are perfect for those little gifts for teachers and sitters.
10) Children’s Art. Get your little ones involved in gift giving and have them color or paint pictures on a large roll of paper. Then use the paper to wrap gifts. Trust us – family will love it!!!
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