You’ve chosen the perfect gift, whether handmade or eco-friendly and now it’s time to wrap it without creating any waste. Just like most things, presentation is everything. Why are gourmet plates of food decorated so elegantly? Because we enjoy the look of the food with our eyes just as much as we enjoy consuming it. If you have any doubt that presentation is everything consider this: Two wrapped gifts are in front of you. One is elegantly wrapped in the perfect box with the perfect matching ribbon. The other is wrapped in plain wrapping paper. Obviously, there is no contest in which gift a recipient would prefer to receive.
So, let’s take the eco-friendly gift giving one step further by not only presenting a gift the recipient will love but also using sustainable materials to wrap it without creating waste. Did you know the average roll of wrapping paper costs $5?! I don’t know about you, but I am not a fan of throwing my money out the window. That’s why I have put together alternate options that will save money and use sustainable materials.
Fabric Gift Bags
I have a confession… I am a horrible gift wrapper and always find myself using some form of a gift bag when wrapping a present. Unfortunately, most paper gift bags with decorative embellishments are not recyclable. Fabric gift bags are my new saving grace. They are a simple solution for the eco-friendly gift. All you have to do is drop the gift in the bag, pull the drawstring and tie the ribbon. It’s that easy and looks perfectly presentable.
You may be asking yourself, “What is that”? Furoshiki is an old tradition in Japan where gift-givers wrap their gifts in a beautiful scarf or bandana.
Mason Jars make beautiful and fun presentations for not only edible gifts, but also bath scrubs, soaps, or any other small gift. Add a fabric ribbon and personalized tag and your gift simply speaks for itself.
Wrapping gifts in newspaper always adds a nice touch, but it might not always be practical for certain occasions. Instead, try using travel maps, sheet music or magazine adds for a creative and more personalized presentation.
Overall, less is more in terms of wrapping gifts. Just because you are using sustainable options, doesn’t mean you should overdo the wrapping itself. Natural paper and recycled fabric ribbon can make any gift look classy. The goal is to use sustainable products to create a personalized presentation that will leave your recipient “wowed” over their beautiful gift.