Wrap in style
Wrapping presents isn't a job many of us want to do. It can be repetitive and tiresome. That's one reason why you should try to spice up your wrapping - to keep yourself entertained. But through changing your wrapping styles, you'd also be helping protect our oceans from plastic pollution too.
Brown paper packages tied up with string
One way to wrap gifts in an environmentally friendly way is to use recyclable brown paper, this is so that it is able to be recycled once it's been used. Sadly, a lot of wrapping paper cannot be recycled due to the materials it contains such as glitter or velvet and others may not contain good enough fibres to be recycled.
Brown paper may sound boring but there are plenty of ways to make it fun. For starters, you could use our potato press idea from tip 1! Alternatively, using some colourful string or ribbon can add some festive fun too.
Our favourite way to dress brown paper is to add some authentic materials to it. Small snippets from a Christmas tree make a great addition to a wrapped gift. Plus, you can always add some acorns or holly to add some stylish decoration to your gift wrapping as well.
Read all about it
Our second suggestion for some fun and festive wrapping involves newspaper. Usually thrown away after being read, newspapers can be a great resource for wrapping presents. Not only because they offer so many pages to wrap with but you can use them to make your gifts a little interesting too.
Instead of using articles about politics or the latest celebrity news, we think it's a great idea to use the puzzle pages! Why not give your friends and family a crossword challenge before they open their presents or maybe test them with some Sudoku? We also think using word searches are a great idea too, although you may want to provide a pen with each gift!
Wrapping gifts with maps is also a great way to make gift giving a little different. You could theme each gift based upon special destinations to you and your family or even make the maps a fun treasure map for children to play with after unwrapping their gifts too.
No paper here
Our next gift wrapping suggestion comes all the way from Japan. The technique is called Furoshiki, which involves using fabrics to wrap gifts.
What's great about this wrapping technique is that there are so many ways to wrap gifts. There are plenty of strategies to help us wrap more difficult items such as bottles and mugs.
It may be hard to think of any spare fabric you may have and can use but what about using that old scarf you don't wear? or maybe put some handkerchiefs to good use? Even if you don't have any fabric at hand, perhaps see if your local recycling centre has any donated fabrics you can use.
What's great about receiving gifts wrapped in fabric is that it doubles up as a second gift! You're able to keep the fabric after and use it for a bunch of new things. You could use is as a fashion piece in the form of a scarf, belt or bandana. You can even go as far as using it as a table cloth or a bag for shopping. Although we don't recommend using it to wrap the gift of whomever gave it to you in the first place, but you can always refresh it to wrap a gift for someone else.