Growing up I remember unwrapping a gift one year to find a coffee maker box. I was 10. It was confusing, but I was urged to open the box and found T-Shirts stuffed inside. Who knew my father's warped sense of humor put him ahead of his time?
It is estimated that in the US alone we will use approximately 4 million tons of gift wrap and shopping bags this holiday season. That is the equivalent of 6,000 football fields of paper and more than 30 million trees and when it is covered in glitter or glossy paper, it can't be recycled. Everyone loves to receive a beautifully and thoughtfully wrapped gift, it makes us feel special. There are a lot of unique gift-wrapping ideas that are more eco-friendly and will wow the person who receives your thoughtfully crafted wrapping and present.
Wrap a Gift in a Gift
Baskets, plant pots, napkins, and tea towels alone may not seem like much of a gift, but when you unwrap a tea towel to find wood spoons or put your homemade cookies in a beautiful basket it makes the mundane seem special.
Reuse Glass Jars
Afraid the socks you bought a friend just are not enough? Stuff them in a glass or jar that can be reused later for their favorite candy or granola. It can also be a recycled jar but make sure it is clean and labels are removed. Know someone that loves the beach put a couple of shells in a jar to start their collection, leaving room for them to add to it.
If it Has to Be Paper...
Use recycled paper. Wrap a gift in old maps for your adventure friend. Use pages from an old book for the bibliophile. Newspaper and magazines are also good options and Kraft paper can be dressed up with stamps or drawings. Instead of ribbon use natural twine and add a leaf.
Scroll down to our Inspiring Reads section for a beautiful book on Furoshiki which is the Japanese art of wrapping gifts with fabric
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Furoshiki Fabric Wraps
The Pixeladies are sewing experts Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki. They show readers the centuries-old tradition of furoshiki, the Japanese art of wrapping objects in fabric for practical purposes. A beautiful and original way to present a gift, from food items to gift cards! The book is illustrated with photos of finished wraps and includes simple step-by-step instructions. Learn to make 18 different wraps for wrapping 5 main object shapes--bag, box, flat, bottle, and basket.
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