Wrapping paper-free

I’ve never been a wrapping paper person (WPP). First there’s the trip to the store to purchase paper and tape, then there’s the cost, and finally there’s the impermanence of it all. Wrapping paper is a single-use thing; enjoyed one second and discarded the next. Because of this, I like wrapping paper alternatives.

Here are a few to consider:

  • Boxes
  • Comics (coffee shops are a great place to find comics)
  • Clothes
  • Fabric
  • Furoshiki
  • Gift bags (I reuse all bags that I come my way)
  • Kid’s artwork
  • Nothing. Ask someone to close their eyes, hold out their hands, and imagine a beautifully wrapped present with a big bow. Then place the present in their hands and ask them to open their eyes. Ta-da!
  • Old calendars
  • Paper bags

Be creative and you can save a tree, a small mountain of plastic tape, a trip to the store, and some cold hard cash.


  1. These are all great ideas! Many times, I crochet totes from “plarn”. These reusable totes act as gift holders as well as part of the gift.

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