Reusable Holiday Wrapping

The holidays are a season of generosity. Most of us find ourselves giving gifts to our co-workers, to friends, and to family members. Much of the fun is wrapping the gifts in special packaging and watching someone’s eyes light up as they open their gift—in fact, sometimes the wrapping is just as special as the gift itself. Think of all the ways you can reduce, reuse, and recycle your gift packaging without compromising on style or quality.

Reusable Gift Tags

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Using special name tags is a wonderful way to add flair to your gift. In my family, we save our name tags and reuse them each year. Rather than using sticker tags or throwing away cheap tie-on tags, we selected a special set of vintage tags. Check out these free printable tags!

Ribbon, Twine, and Bows

Adorning gifts with bows adds an extra little touch to your gifts. Choose bows made with satin ribbon or wired ribbon so you can pluck them off the discarded gift packaging and tuck them away for next year.

Try adding a sprig of pine, fir, or mistletoe to your gift. Clip a small branch from your live Christmas tree, or snip a small twig of rosemary from your garden.  Take a walk in your neighborhood and look for greenery, pinecones, and berry branches.

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Wrapping Gifts

This holiday season, consider wrapping your gifts in cloth in the Japanese tradition of Furoshiki. Use a scarf, an old sweater, a scrap of material leftover from a project, an old sheet, or a small throw blanket as gift packaging. There’s a wrapping technique for almost every shape you would need to cover.

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When All Else Fails, Use Gift Bags

Using store-bought gift bags is a great alternative to using wrapping paper, which inevitably gets ripped and is difficult to fold and reuse year after year. Gift bags are often stuffed with tissue paper, which you can always repurpose for wrapping delicate ornaments after its gift-packaging days are over.

There are many ways to be mindful of the environment this season, and wrapping your gifts in reusable holiday packaging is just one of them. Explore your creativity and wrap your gifts—and the earth—in a little extra love for the holidays.

— Christina Files
Posted on Dec 1, 2016

Summary: Much of the fun is wrapping the gifts in special packaging and watching someone’s eyes light up as they open their gift—in fact, sometimes the wrapping is just as special as the gift itself. Think of all the ways you can reduce, reuse, and recycle your gift packaging without compromising on style or quality.