By Karina | November 9, 2009
It’s still pretty early for this discussion, but with all things green, if you want to tread lightly during the holiday season you need to start a little earlier than you would otherwise.
So – how about getting started by collecting the materials you’ll need for gorgeous eco-friendly packaging of your gorgeous gifts? After all, we stand behind our Easy Peasy Tips with lots of support. Here’s a few things you might want to stock up on, so you’re not in a last minute scramble to make a gift wrap that you can feel good about:
- Furoshiki is the Japanese art of wrapping gifts in fabric – how about stopping by a thrift store or a estate sale to find some gorgeous vintage linens or sheets? You can also go through your own fabric stash (what, you don’t have one?) and choose some fabrics that were eye-catching enough to buy, but maybe a little TOO eye-catching to use.
- If you’ve got a favorite reusable bag and you know your recipient perhaps doesn’t have a bunch of them, pick up extra ones to wrap your present in! After they open their surprise they’ll have a gift that keeps on giving. I did this last year, and while I could have dressed up the packages a little more with ribbon, certainly no one complained. (I have a polite family!)
- This tutorial [via lifehacker] for making a gorgeous bow from magazine pages is AMAZING. it’s so simple, too! and many of us have a stack of magazines lying around waiting to be recycled or passed along to friends. If you don’t have any, stop by your doctors office or local hair salon and see if they’ve got any ancient magazine issues lying around in the waiting room that you can take off of their hands.
- The tutorial above mentions also using ANY fancy paper – such as street maps – to make bows. My fanciest wrapping job ever was for a bridal shower: I used nautical maps that had been discarded from my job to wrap up the gifts, and it was a big hit. So keep your eyes open and stock up with these materials!
- There are a few more options here, in a Q&A we wrote up a while ago.
What’s your favorite light-on-the-planet method to wrap gifts?
[[Photo from flickr user Siel, aka greenlagirl via creative commons license - is not just a great photographer, but also an awesome blogger and who covered this topic from a last-minute angle a couple of years ago!]]
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