Gift Wrapping

The hangover of Christmas doesn't have to include a big pile of ripped and useless seasonal wrapping paper! It could leave you all with a sore head but a reusable shopping bag to cheer you up! Or a nice scarf, bandanna or shawl. Make the wrapping a gift in itself!

Reusable shopping bags

These can be easily brought if your time or sewing skills are sparse. But if you want to make them yourself, check out this tutorial on making a bag out of an old pillowcase. There is also the bento bag pattern here.

Furoshiki - Japanese Fabric Wrapping

Generally for this you just need a square of fabric that will fit your gift. There are a lot of different techniques to accommodate different shapes.

For fabric, you can just use scraps from opshops with overlockered edges, but you could use bandannas, scarves or plain fabric with unfinished edges if you desire. You can even buy reusable wrapping made in New Zealand.

Reused wrapping paper

Nothing says frugal like reused wrapping paper! But it isn't just better for your pocket - you are changing it from being single use, to reusable! You might as well get as much life out of each piece of reindeer wrapping as you can!

Recycled brown paper

If you are going to buy anything to wrap gifts, recycled brown paper is a good option; it is the most sustainable way to buy 'new' and you can use it for various things after it is no longer wrapping, like to put your organics scraps in the green bin in!

Second hand biscuit tins

If you can't be bothered wrapping at all, bang it in a tin!