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7 Eco-Friendly Ways to Wrap Your Gifts

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Kristina ByasGuest Blogger
December 05, 2016 · 2.3k Views

With Christmas fast approaching, you'll soon start to scramble to find the perfect gifts for your friends and family. After you have made time to purchase these gifts, the next steps will of course be to wrap them and store them under your tree until the big day arrives. This may seem like the easy part, but when you want to stick to only using eco-friendly wrapping paper, things may get a bit tricky if you aren't aware of your many options.

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1. Fabric

diy reusable fabric gift bags

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When using fabric to wrap a gift, you can grab some old sheets and pillow cases or go out and purchase some from a craft store near you. Similar to wrapping paper, you can find fabrics that come in a variety of colors and patterns. The best part is whoever receives your gift will be able to reuse the fabric and wrap another gift for Christmas, birthdays or another special occasion. Because it is reusable, you don't have to worry about wasting any paper on all of the gifts you will have to wrap for the holidays. Check out the tutorial for these DIY Reusable Fabric Gift Bags from Food Fun Family.


2. Old Maps


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Years ago, people would often use road maps when they were traveling from city to city. With GPS being something pretty much everyone uses, those old maps that you have may seem useless now. If you haven't thrown them out, instead of letting them take up space in your home, or hang out in your glove compartment, you can use them as wrapping paper. Not only are they a good size for most gifts, they are cool to look at. Check out the short tutorial on Food Network.


3. Newspaper


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You may not have a bunch of old maps just sitting around your home, but the chances of you being able to find a bunch of old newspapers is very high. This is a fun, interesting way to wrap someone's gift that they will appreciate. Whether there is an article you would like the receiver to read or a few funny comics you enjoy, this is an eco-friendly way to wrap gift that will save you a bit money and help save the environment.


4. Long sleeve shirt

long sleeve shirt

Source: Country Living

Who doesn't own one or two long sleeve shirts in their drawer that they could toss out? It's normal for people to give their clothes away or throw them out when they are no longer wearing them, but many don't consider using them for wrapping paper. The cute thing about using a long sleeve shirt is that you can use the the sleeves to tie a small bow. Find more details on the above wrapping from Country Living.


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5. Old containers and jars

diy hot chocolate mix

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There are so many different gifts that you can give your friends and loved ones for Christmas. And, these gifts will come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. For those small gifts that you just can't seem to find a way to wrap, you will want to consider using old containers or jars that you have been keeping in your cabinets. They are ideal for things like jewelry, but they could also work well for those homemade treats that you want to give away. Find the tutorial for this DIY Hot Chocolate Mix Gift In a Jar from Love Grows Wild.


6. Paper bags

paper bag gift wrap

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If you are one of those people who gets paper bags when you go grocery shopping, you could use them again as wrapping paper. Not a lot of people decide to keep them after they have been emptied, but they actually do come in handy because you can reuse them for a lot of things. Simply place the gift in the bag and fold, cut and tape whatever is necessary to make everything look neatly wrapped and ready to place underneath the tree till Christmas day. Find this tutorial for Craft Paper and Boxwood Wreath Gift Wrap from Craftberry Bush.


7. Calendars

calendar wrapping paper

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One purchase that people will purchase year after year is a calendar. After the year has ended, many people throw out their calendars, but some actually keep them. This is probably because it had a picture or design that they liked, but it could also be because they knew they could reuse the calendar as wrapping paper. Depending on the size of the calendar, you will be limited with how big of a gift you can wrap, but you will still be able to avoid going out and buying wrapping paper that will just be thrown out after the gift is open.

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Kristina Byas is a Milwaukee native who has written for Female Intel, Shepherd Express, Scandalous Women and more. She suffers from a severe case of wanderlust and has difficulty purchasing items at full price. You can learn more about her by following her on Twitter: @KristinaByas

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