How to Reuse, Recycle and Green Your After Christmas Waste

by , 12/26/13

What to do with your post holiday waste

Want to get a P.H.D. in what to do with your P.H.W.? (That’s short for post-holiday waste in case you didn’t know.) While you may not have heard of the term (we kind of just made it up), we’re pretty sure you know what we’re talking about – the crumpled wads of giftwrap, the withering tree, that sweater from Aunt Mabel that was so fugly that it made a baby cry. Don’t worry if you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, however – P.H.W isn’t contagious, and there’s a quick cure – read on to check out our 5 easy tips for what to do with all that stuff after Christmas!

Have a clothing swap!


You may not be in love with the fringed, mesh muscle shirt that one of your over-zealous co-workers gave you, but someone else might go gaga over it! Planning a swap party is simple – just invite a few favorite friends to bring over their unwanted gifts, serve some yummy snacks and beverages, and let the trading begin! For an added dose of excitement, play the classic gift-switching game White Elephant.

Photo credit: Zazzle


The idea that regifting is taboo is so 2011! If you’ve got a gift that you know someone else will enjoy more than you will, why not give it to them? Better yet, start a ‘gift drawer’ to collect new beautiful items that you can see being perfect for future birthdays, housewarmings, etc.

Donate your unwanted gifts


The most generous way to discard of unwanted toys, clothes and electronics after the holidays is also the easiest. Donate to local shelters, charities or Goodwill. Dropping items off on the way to do errands is a cinch and in many cases, pickups can be arranged free of charge.

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  1. chol December 27, 2010 at 2:14 am

    wow very practical tips! :)

  2. Fabricwrapper September 3, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Hi guys,
    This is a great article. I wonder if you are planning a similar one this year? If so, I am hoping you will consider mentioning that using reusable gift-wrap is much better than recycling all that paper. There is so much unecessary waste over the holidays! Please let me know if you would mention our resuable gift-wrap products ( or if you would consider a guest blogger!
    Owner & Design Manager,

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