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This post is for all of the people gifting this Mother’s day! After a whirlwind holiday season, we know that the cupboards are full of holiday-themed wrapping paper. But those candy canes and snow flakes won’t quite cut it for your mother’s day gifts. Plus, did you know that a lot of wrapping paper isn’t even recyclable? The rule of thumb is, if you scrunch the paper up and it starts un-scrunching, it’s not recyclable. Do not worry, we’ve got you covered with the below 8 sustainable gift wrapping ideas!
1. Cardboard box
Gift come in a box? Grab a paint pen or sharpie and decorate to your heart’s content. Add a (reused) ribbon and bam! You have a personalised box.
2. Brown paper
Order something from Amazon recently? Don’t let that brown paper go to waste! Gently flatten out any creases and use this to wrap your gift.
Have some fabric remnants laying around? The beauty of using fabric is that you don’t need tape. Simply tie your fabric around the gift.
4. Reuse gift bags
Use what you already have. Whilst the aforementioned holiday paper probably won’t work, have a look through that storage cupboard and see if you have any old gift bags or plain paper laying around.
Newspaper – did you pick up the Sunday morning paper on a whim? Rather than recycle it right away, why not give it a second stage in it’s life and wrap your gift in it first. Maybe choose a page with a light-hearted story or cross word.
6. Boxes, baskets and crates
Display your gift hamper-style in a basket. If you don’t have any laying around, maybe try thrifting one!
7. Swap out ribbon
8. Think about textures
Whilst sustainable gift wrapping ideas may not come with a lot of pretty pattens like commercial wrapping paper does, think about building textures. I love this idea of reusing tissue paper and adding dried florals and twine as an accent. It brings a warmth to the gift, without being super fussy!