Gallery: 6 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Alternatives

 
'Tis the season for gift giving! During the holidays, finding the right gift is only half the battle. Whether it's a DIY, upcycled, or store-bought gift, you've still got to find a way to wrap it up. For decades, we've relied on massive rolls of printed paper wrapping to hide our presents from prying eyes. Yet every year, it only takes a few seconds to unwrap a gift, and all that shredded paper heads off to the landfill. In the interest of reducing waste (over the holidays and every day), we decided to collect a variety of creative, more sustainable ways to wrap a holiday gift. Some are recycled, some are reuseable, but all will allow you to enjoy a holiday that's filled with fun, not waste.

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  1. annhcsonka December 10, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    About 35 years ago, I stopped using new wrapping paper, often recycling paper or gift bags we got and also used other containers. 2 NEPHEWS’ FAVORITE: Milk Bone boxes (usually large, quite spacious). These dog biscuit boxes were perfect because they were/are red and green with some yellow and white.
    The kids loved them and the old folks got used to my peculiarities…and my Mother started recycling paper also. I still have a piece of her old paper used for a daughter last year, though it’s at least 25 years old.
    Further about the Milk Bone boxes: eldest nephew asked me to be sure to carry on the tradition with his 2 children…and we have!
    Another use for nice strong boxes like the above, unglue them and turn them inside out to ship/mail whatever fits, securely taping them back together.

  2. Sue Rostron July 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Hi, love the site. I am lucky enough to share an office with the awesome Social Angels.

    Just thought I’d suggest wrapping in old dress patterns – it looks cool and works well as a protective tissue layer also.

    I also sometimes turn packaging inside out and embellish it with something crafty. Recently I hgve a friend a vintage apron and wrapped it old brown paper, natural twine and a spare xmas decoration (an apple) on top. It looked really cute and she loved the pressie and the packaging. $1 spend for much goodwill!

  3. marshae February 5, 2013 at 11:27 am

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