There are opportunities all year round to give gifts for a variety of different reasons.
It could be someone’s birthday, anniversaries or the many different holidays which occur throughout the entire year, not just the winter holidays. There are a huge variety of ways you can wrap presents and also many different ways you can obtain the materials to do this.
Here are some great tips to find the best wrapping products for your gift-giving as well as hopefully making sure that they won’t be causing too much damage to the environment.
Using recycled cloth bags
Instead of giving out your gifts in paper or plastic based bags which creates more rubbish which will eventually end up being thrown away, try using a cotton bag made from recycled materials. This will not only give the gift a great look as there are some cloth bags which are created with great designs and reliability, they can also be used by the receiver again to cut down on the amount of polythene bags which are used in order to buy gift wrapping material.
Try to create a theme
This works best when giving out a lot of presents at once for holiday, most likely Christmas or maybe Thanksgiving. Doing this will give you a far easier time when coordinating the decorating patterns for all of your gifts and help keep them all organized and well laid out. If you can find a way to get quality wrapping at a good price without the need for a lot of plastic supplies then all of the gifts that you give out will look high quality and very lovingly prepared.
Using gift boxes is another great way to simply package gifts without creating waste. As they can be reused multiple times by several different people they are going to have minimal impact on the environment and also make the gift look very well presented. Plus putting something in a box makes it far easier to wrap and will allow you to cut down on the amount of waste that you produce.
Get the right equipment
Part of gift wrapping supplies is the equipment you use to prepare you wrapping with. This equipment should always feel natural and easy to use for you to ensure that you end up with the best possible look for your gifts. Doing this will save you time and effort and you’ll also be able to prepare gifts the way you want them with minimal fuss due to the ease of their functionality. Whilst it may be hard to spend a little bit extra on buying tools which are going to do virtually the same thing as ones you already have, it is worth the investment as good quality material preparation tools are going to last for a long time and definitely pay you back in usage.
Try to use wrapping paper over plastic
Using polyethylene bags to present someone you care about with a gift, as opposed to a beautifully wrapped gift, can be a lot less personable. Even though some gifts you have many be very large so that only large plastic bags can carry them, there should definitely always be an alternative to this approach. Not only is it bad presentation, but it is also worse for the environment as doing this will only add more plastic bags to the rubbish piles that are going to end up decomposing in garbage dumps for years.
Whether it be gift bags, gift boxes or gift paper; virtually anything to do with wrapping a presenting a present can be recycled and used again to avoid any unnecessary waste. Saving wrapping paper from gifts you have received in the past may seem slightly time-consuming when all you want to do is rip it off to see what you’ve been given, but keeping it until the next opportunity you have to give a gift will be very worth your while. This will save you the cost of having to buy new wrapping paper, the effort of cutting it up if you can find a gift to fit within it and the ability to see that what you are using to wrap your present isn’t cheap and low quality.
Overall there are many different ways that wrapping a present can be done and no real right way of doing it. Using plastic products is by far the least environmentally friendly so if that is important to you then try and stay away from that and use more varied options for packing and recycling.