We personally can’t get enough of a beautifully wrapped gift, but with all the pollution and wastefulness that the holiday season seems to bring with it, such irresponsibility can no longer be justified, which is why we have sourced and found four stylish yet zero(ish) waste-free gift wrapping options that actually work as well as they look.
However, for any presents that you receive this year that come wrapped in traditional Christmas paper, try to open the gifts carefully and reuse the paper next Christmas. For gifts that you are giving to others, how about trying one of our four stylish yet responsible gift wrapping options?
Make the wrapping part of the gift
A beautiful dish-cloth, hand towel or scarf makes for a great wrapper for a bottle of wine, olive oil, candles or other items. If you are feeling extra creative, you can even use a cute flower pot or vase, just place your gift inside. Recycled jam, olive or chutney jars work great for edible gifts, like homemade cookies and fudge, as well as for small soaps and candles. Even a simple canvas bag could be used to wrap your gift. The best part is that its the sort of thing can be used over and over again, even after the holidays. We love the $2 cloth bags from CottonOn for this purpose.
Maps, newspapers and magazines
Instead of wasting money on wrapping paper this year, why not use old newspapers, pages from a glossy magazine, old maps or even photocopy paper? It is much more eco-friendly and can be made to look stylish with some creative use of string, buttons, dried flowers or a few arty squiggles with a black marker.
Fabric Gift Bags
Fabric gift bags are a great option because most of us have lots of scraps of fabric, clothes, sheets or pillowcases we no longer use that with a bit of help from Youtube, can be fashioned into pretty and reusable bags.
Furoshiki is another great way to wrap gifts with fabric. Almost like an art, you can make amazing fabric creations with a bit of help from Youtube. This is a great option for those of you who can’t sew and its the sort of gift wrap that can be used over and over again by the receiver.