Chic Gift Wrapping
CHIC GIFT WRAPPING-THE GREEN WAY!
Part of the fun of gift giving is presenting a beautifully wrapped package. It creates suspense, inspires delight and looks fabulous under the tree. But consider what happens to all that packaging material as soon as you've ripped open your present. Americans spend an estimated 2.7 BILLION
dollars each year on gift paper and decorations, and sadly most of it goes in the trash. Half of the paper consumed annually in the U.S. is used to wrap and package consumer products!
This year we've resolved to put even more heart into our gift giving by reducing this waste and creating chic gift wrapping the green way. Join us? Challenge yourself to wrap your gifts in an eco-friendly way this year!
Here are a few ways to create green gift wrapping, reduce your Holiday waste and still wrap your presents beautifully.
At the very least, choose recycled gift paper and tissue. Even better, look for commercial gift wrap that is made from material designed for re-use (like lilywap
.com and enfoldgiftwrap
). But the winner for being inexpensive and creative is brown paper (and paper bags). There are endless fun options for decorating this simple canvas with things like ribbon, drawings, and stamps.
Look around at what you already have to repurpose. Newspaper, old posters and maps, and fabric scraps can make beautiful wrapping. Or make the wrapping part of the gift by using a scarf or tea towel. This is a great opportunity for creativity! Plus it will save you money, allowing for more funds to be spent on presents that you'll actually use a little longer.
The same goes for packaging filler - just say no to styrofoam and plastic! Use the shreds from your paper shredder, crumpled paper from your recycle bin, or fabric scraps as stuffing. Replace the annoying styrofoam peanuts with actual peanuts in the shell and your giftee gets a built-in snack.
Go Green - Literally.
Share your love of nature by incorporating it directly into the gift wrap. Green is gorgeous and Chistmas-y and certainly chic!
Large fresh leaves can be pliable enough to wrap around small gifts. (Or bigger ones, if you're lucky enough to live in the tropics!)
In addition to leaves, look for other natural elements like flowers, twigs, pinecones and boughs to make a beautiful gift topper.
We hope you are as inspired as we are! Starting this week, we're offering FREE chic gift wrapping for all online orders (recycled materials, of course!). Don't wait until the last minute and shop now!
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What are some of your favorite green, chic ways to wrap gifts?