Well if not entirely zero-waste then certainly considerably less wasteful than the norm. This is my wrapping station. It contains:
- Ribbon carefully saved year after year
- Pretty scarves
- Empty boxes saved year after year
- Pretty bags saved year after year
- Paper sugar/flour bags
- Paper wrapping from Who Gives A Crap loo and kitchen paper
- Gift tags made from old cards
- Endless cups of tea!
To be fair I have been wrapping along these lines since I was a child. I was trained young to save the wrapping paper and ribbon and it was a family tradition to cut up the Christmas cards in January and reuse them as gift tags. The collection of boxes and bags are thanks to the Boss who can’t stand wrapping and has always packaged presents the easy way!
One year I wrapped everything in brown paper and red ribbon. I still have the ribbon and the last of the brown paper was used to send parcels to Bea while she was in Thailand last year. But this year I have decided to go one step further.
Using magazines can be a bit of a challenge for larger presents as you have to use several sheets together. Garden and lifestyle magazines are good sources of pretty photos. Although do watch out – I wrapped one present in a picture of a sumptuous Christmas dinner – only to remember the recipient is vegetarian and probably wouldn’t appreciate the turkey and all the trimmings around their gift!
This is the first year I have used fabric. I sent the Boss down to the charity shop in search of pretty scarves. It took a bit of practice and I am sure the Japanese experts are not too impressed with my Furoshiki but I’m pretty pleased with myself.
I have spotted some elderly shooting stockings and kilt socks that I think might make some rather lovely bottle carriers too!
Love Gillie x