I just finished browsing through the book Simply Green Giving by Danny Seo. In the first part of the book, Seo spoke about a trip to purchase wrapping paper at Christmas. He hated the idea of buying it, but thought it would make his relatives happy to see nicely wrapped presents. He realized that when his family opened the presents, however, that it all just ended up in a shredded mess in the garbage. And after that time, he vowed to never buy wrapping paper again. Think you could do the same? I bet you can!
Simply Green Giving is filled with great ideas for how to wrap gifts using materials you already have, instead of wrapping paper and ribbon that’s just going to get thrown away. Just a few ideas: using the tape from an old VHS tape as ribbon, using a scarf to wrap up a bottle of wine, using real peanuts in the shell to protect gifts instead of styrofoam packing peanuts. I *love* this last idea, as it is better for the environment and the gift recipient gets to eat them. 🙂
Another idea that I loved was a way to create gift cards from outdated business cards. You know you have them…cards with a maiden name (for women) and old address or even a former employer. But you don’t just want to throw this little gems away. Fold two cards in half and glue the printed sides together. Punch a hole in the corner and presto, instant gift card! To glam it up a bit, decorate the card on the front (or inside) with a rubber stamped design.
A big thing that I learned from this book is to hang on to some items that you might normally throw away (a single shoelace, burned out Christmas lights, etc.) because you never know how you might be able to use it to wrap your next special gift. So, go forth and wrap!