Wrapping and unwrapping presents is an important part of Christmas for most of us, but it can also be quite a wasteful time with tonnes of discarded Christmas paper committed to landfill. Here are just a few eco friendly alternatives for wrapping your Christmas gifts this year with the added bonus that they will look extra special too.

1. Vintage scarves wrap

scarf wrap- gift eco wrapping
The great thing about using vintage scarves to wrap Christmas presents is that you are actually giving 2 gifts in 1. A lovely scarf can either be worn or reused again next year for wrapping more Christmas gifts. You can either tie the scarves to hold them in place or tie with a pretty ribbon. You can find a great selection of vintage scarves in the Oxfam Online Shop.

2. Old magazines or old road map wrap

3 Ways To Eco Wrap Your Gifts This Christmas - use old magazines and old maps
For fashionista friends, old fashion magazines can make great wrapping paper for smaller gifts. Pick out the pages full of colourful photographs for a bright look or for a monochrome look, choose pages that are mainly black and white and finish it off with a bright red or gold ribbon.

Using an old road map or city map is also a great way to recycle them if used. Plus, it’s easier to wrap big presents in 😉

3. Homemade wrapping paper with stamps

3 Ways To Eco Wrap Your Gifts This Christmas - homemade wrapping with stamps

Personalise plain old brown paper with stamps and create a 100% unique wrapping paper.
For maximum sustainability, you can make your own stamps using potatoes. Plus it’s a great way to get the kids involved.

To make a potato stamp you’ll need:

  • Potatoes
  • Kitchen knife or craft knife
  • Water-based paint
  • Pencil or marker pen
  • Baking paper or cookie cutters
  • Paper
  • Waste paper for practising

Read more about how to create potato stamps in this blog.
You can store your potato in the fridge up to 5 days in a paper bag, not plastic as it will rot.

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