I love seeing beautifully wrapped packages under our tree, but I don’t love the cost and waste of traditional gift wrap. I came across Gift it Green reusable gift boxes (with reusable “tissue paper” attached!) and loved them, but they are not exactly in my price range. A reader pointed out that the Japanese cloth wrapping, Furoshiki, is a great gift wrapping method. That got me thinking of ways to wrap gifts that are both frugal and green, and hopefully a little more creative than the way my hubby wrapped a frying pan in the photo above!
This is the most obvious of course! Have a dedicated, organized area for gift wrapping supplies. Flatten and store gift bags you’ve received, pretty ribbons or decorations that were on packages, and use them when you are giving a gift!
Craft paper, brown paper bags and butcher paper can be decorated & used as gift wrap. Often you will find that the paper that is sometimes used to cushion packages is perfect for this! Get out the paint, stamps, markers and crayons and let your kids go crazy. Or just wrap the package in plain paper and decorate it with glitter, photos, or anything else you can think of.
Now that most people have a GPS, you may have old maps laying around. Use them as gift wrap! You can even make it special by circling a landmark that had meaning to you and the recipient. Use the Sunday Comics, leftover wallpaper, or anything else that screams (or even whispers) “gift wrap.”
Use a pretty scarf, handkerchief, cloth napkin etc. as gift wrap! If you search Japanese gift wrapping, you can find lots of methods to use!
Make the wrap part of the gift:
Expanding on “go cloth,” consider wrapping a gift of a kitchen item in a pretty kitchen towel, a spa gift in a bath towel, a baby gift in a receiving blanket, flat or prefold diaper. Give a “movie night” gift in a popcorn bowl, or give college essentials in a pretty fabric storage tote!
Don’t forget to save pieces of pretty wrapping paper you receive, and use it to make cards, or decorate other packages!
I am sure none of the ideas I’ve listed here are new ones, how have you creatively wrapped a gift?