You've found the perfect present to give—now how do you wrap the gift?
We've all tried saving old boxes and recycling them. It may be eco-friendly and economical, but it wastes so much space! Unless you live in a palace, you probably don't have the closets to store them all. (And if you do, we're jealous!) With these creative and eco-friendly gift-wrapping solutions, you'll never have to use a boring old box again.
Wrap infant clothes in a receiving blanket and roll the blanket into a stout cylinder that you can hold together with a ribbon. New parents need extra blankets almost as much as they need a good night's sleep.
- Instead of using wrapping paper, put irregularly shaped items in an old pillowcase tied with a pretty ribbon. (Just make sure it's clean first!) If you need extra support, put a piece of sturdy recyclable cardboard underneath.
- Wrap small gifts for kids in a lunch box. Even if the child doesn't take lunch to school, he or she can use it to collect and store toys or art supplies.
- Many craft stores sell inexpensive wooden boxes or pretty decorative canisters that the gift recipient can recycle for use afterward as a pencil case or desk organizer.
- If the giftee is a gourmet, place a culinary-themed gift inside containers like new dry goods jars, large mixing bowls, or deep cake pans.
- Don't forget about gift cards! For children, punch a hole in the envelope and tie the gift card to the neck of a stuffed animal. Put the card inside a book—if you find a weird old book to throw the recipient off track, that's even better! Or try putting a gift card under the glass of a picture frame.
- If you're giving a jewelry gift, spring for a travel jewelry roll or a small travel jewelry box, which will always come in handy later.