Christmas won’t be complete without gift giving. At this time, I’m sure many of you are already making a list of gifts to buy for family, friends and colleagues. Some of you may have even started shopping for presents.
But buying it not all there is to it. Once you’re done with the purchasing stage, the next most important step is the wrapping process. This what I love most. I get a different high (like I’m sure many moms also do) whenever I wrap presents for whatever occasion there may be.
I’m fond of recycling materials for this purpose and you can follow suit to save you money and to make your creative mind work. In fact, this is one way of practicing an eco-friendly way of wrapping gifts.
For the main wrapping material, you can look for things around your home such as shopping bags, newspapers, magazines, art paper, brown paper and Japanese paper. You may also use old bottles and boxes that are still good to use and ideal for oddly shaped items.
For the accents, you can use old ribbons that you’ve kept, colored paper and stickers. Leaves that have a unique shape and design do a great job as well.
For the gift card, again creating your own is a good idea. Use a construction paper or a cardboard. If they’re not available, cut out from a bond paper, fold it once and color or design it a bit.
If you need to buy some materials, though, make sure you’re getting those made from recycled materials. Some recycled papers have a different pattern and texture and they’re great for gift wrapping.
Do keep in mind that simplicity is beauty when wrapping a gift. So just use a single accent such as a ribbon wrapped around the item and don’t overdecorate. And trust me, the recipient will appreciate the effort you put into making the present extra special.
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