It’s hard to believe Christmas is now less than a week away. At this point, many of us are starting to think about wrapping gifts for family and friends.
The problem with wrapping paper is that it’s pretty bad for the environment. According to Earth911, we go through 4 million tons of wrapping paper each year. And that’s just here in the United States. Plus, due to the additives and coloring in most commercial wrapping paper, it can’t be recycled after use. If every American family wrapped just three presents in reusable material, we would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields. That’s pretty amazing.
If you can avoid wrapping paper, not only will you help the environment, but you will also help your wallet. After all, those glossy, brightly-colored tubes can get really expensive. I haven’t bought wrapping paper in years. Instead, I put my creativity to work. Here’s my list of the top 15 frugal and fun ways to wrap presents.
Frugal, Eco-Friendly Ways to Wrap Presents
This technique is an oldie, but a goodie. If you get a weekly paper, or can share with someone else, save the comic section for gift wrap.
I often just use plain newspaper. It looks a bit drab until I put a classy ribbon on it, which really transforms the way it looks. A black ribbon looks especially elegant on the black and white newspaper.
2. Dish Towels
Wrap kitchen-related presents in dish towels and use kitchen twine or jute to hold everything together. This is a fun way to give a gift, especially to newlyweds who need dish towels anyway. You can also decorate and label wooden spoons in order to make a name tag out of something other than paper.
3. Reusable Shopping Bags
I give a lot of gifts in reusable shopping bags because they’re so handy. There are also some very cute reusable bags available and they make for good looking gifts. Every reusable shopping bag has the potential to prevent the use of thousands of plastic bags. As a result, this is one wrapping method that can make a dramatic difference for the environment!