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“Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer… Who’d have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously?” — Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes*
December 9, 2009, 8:57 pm
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Greenish Christmas Tip #9, 10, and 11: This may be a bit of a cheat, combining three tips into one, but these are all related to wrapping presents, and none of them are exciting enough to post as its own separate entry, so they’re all here together.  Here goes nothing.

So, let’s face it.  Wrapping presents is a pretty common occurence this time of year, but not a greenish tradition at all.  And while, sure, not wrapping presents at all is definitely the greenest way to go, that might not always be an option.  Hopefully my suggestions can inspire you to re-think traditional wrapping methods and be creative!  The most uniquely wrapped presents are always more fun.

  • Re-use wrapping paper!  This may seem either obvious or completely radical to you, depending on your personal preferences, but it’s a really easy way to save paper but not compromise having pretty presents under the tree.
  • Re-use bows, ribbons, etc.  And while we’re talking about decorations, try using fabric ribbon you can buy at a craft store – it’s probably cheaper, you can save on packaging (plastic bags around plastic-y bows? No thank you!), and your gifts will look very professional.  Plus it’s so easy to re-use.
  • Make your own cards/tags.  Save old Christmas cards to cut up and collage (is that a verb?) into your own unique holiday tag.
  • Use pre-wrapped boxes.  Take your time and nicely wrap the cover of a box and then tie a ribbon around the whole box.  After you give the present, that person can re-use the box on another present, saving paper and time!
  • Think outside of the box – literally.  Try fabric, felt, old newspapers (the comics section looks particularly festive, and make sure not to use the obituaries or any depressing headlines), or whatever else you can think of to wrap presents creatively.  (Don’t forget to save and re-use materials afterwards, though.)

*This really has nothing to do with the entry; I just liked the quote.