Crafty (and Sustainable!) Gift Wrapping Ideas

It’s that time of year again!

Your (obviously sustainable) Turkey Day is all tucked into tupperware and the happy tummies of your friends and family. Holiday music has already been on the radio for a month, and the gaudy red and green splashed merchandise has gravitated to the front of the store. Now, I suppose, is the time to start thinking about presents.

May I encourage you to make it a DIY Christmas? In these hilarious accounts of just such, one my my favorite writers (Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan) delves into the practice with her entire family. But if you can’t encourage your whole family to switch, you can use tips like these to make your holidays chock-full of some crafty goodness.

Making your own gift, rather than buying from a store, usually involves less materials and therefore less waste. Homemade jelly packaged in a reusable glass jar, a hand-sewn throw pillow or even a framed picture decorated by you are all simple and thoughtful gifts. Some would even say they’re more authentic.

But if that’s not an option for you, at least consider the wrapping paper. According to Stanford, if every American family wrapped just 3 presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields! This is a tremendous savings to both you and the planet. This Treehugger piece is a great space for inspiration for some excellent DIY wrappings.

Here’s a little more inspiration below, but please check out the Treehugger piece for even more!

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