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It’s a Wrap!

Present photo.JPGHave you been waiting until the last minute to do your holiday shopping? Me too! For those of you, however, who have been organized enough to have bought your gifts and are now thinking about getting some nice shiny paper with pretty pictures to wrap them in, DON'T. Or at least not until you've read below for other wrapping ideas:


  • Reuse wrapping paper: Did you know that, on average, each of us wraps 20 gifts during the holidays? We could save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields if we wrapped just three of those gifts in alternative ways. That's a lot of trees!! Wrinkled paper and ribbons can be ironed out with a warm iron, so no excuses!
  • Use cloth gift bags: Instead of a regular gift bag, use an attractive canvas bag that can later be used for toting groceries. Or try a hand-dyed cloth Wrap Sack that can be reused and tracked on the Internet.
  • Use the gift as wrapping: Use a scarf or tie as ribbon, put cookies in a decorative tin, or wrap the dishes in a tablecloth - you get the idea!
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  • Recycle items: Things you were thinking of donating or tossing could make great containers or wraps, such as baskets and magazines, old maps, or comic strips.
  • Get creative: Many things in your home can be used to wrap gifts. Turn that brown paper bag from the store inside out, grab some markers, and voilá two presents in one (your artwork is priceless!).
  • Forget the wrapping: For oversized gifts, just put a bow(tie)on it.

If you do decide to buy wrapping paper, look for 100 percent post-consumer waste (PCW) content or papers made from natural elements whenever possible. And save the wrapping and boxes from gifts you receive for next year.