Wrapping gifts in recycled or reusable gift wrap choices is eco-friendly, but at times can seem a bit plain. There are other options than giving up completely on green wrapping techniques though. Gifts can be jazzed up with these eco friendly additions and package tie-ons.
An Additional Gift
A small gift on the outside of a package can dress up the whole thing, adding a holiday flair to plain recycled paper. Maybe a cookie cutter tied to the gift with raffia or a small toy attached with ribbon is just what the package needs to really say “Christmas present” instead of “something I dug out of the recycling bin”. Recycled gift wrap doesn’t need to look dreary to save the environment.
A Tree Ornament
An heirloom or homemade ornament is a beautiful eco friendly package tie on to add just the right festive touch to a plainly wrapped gift. This is a nice idea for children’s gifts too, since every year a new personalized ornament is added to the collection. A collection of ornaments like that will be treasured and used long after the toys have been played with and forgotten, making them the perfect sentimental and eco friendly gift tie on.
Decorations from Nature
Trimmings from the tree, sprigs of holly from the shrub in the yard, pretty leaves the kids collected at the park, and even plain twigs you pick up in the yard can all be arranged into a very pretty package decoration. Arrangements like this are made from artificial parts and sold at upscale gift wrapping stores, but nothing ever looks as nice as the real thing. In addition to looking nicer, these eco friendly package decorations found in nature are free, recycled, and not manufactured and shipped around the world, saving very many resources.
Something From the Kitchen
Pretty cookies or homemade candies gathered up into a little bag are a personal and eco friendly decoration for holiday gift wrapping. Better than a disposable bow, they’re truly appreciated when they’re eaten and they’re clutter free as well.
Fun holiday jewelry for kids or adults will look just as nice decorating a gift as it does decorating the intended recipient. It generally is sparkling and fun, just as bow and ribbons are, but it is also reusable and very much worth keeping around.
Thrifts stores are a good place to look for eco-friendly options because by shopping there you are saving items from waste and a life taking up space in a landfill and also avoiding wasting the resources that are needed to produce new consumer goods. Artificial floral arrangements and small baskets or centerpieces that can be taken apart and reused are a good place to start when looking for something festive to decorate wrapped packages.
By using package tie-ons, you’ll make your holiday wrapping special and memorable, as well as eco-friendly.