Top 10 Creative and Recycled Gift Wrapping Ideas

Our gift to you is this list of creative and recycled gift wrapping ideas.

Well, the Holidays are upon us. And with the joys of family time, sitting by the fire and drinking pumpkin spiced lattes comes the stresses of gift purchases and wrapping sessions. But, take heart. Wrapping presents can not only be fun, but provides a terrific opportunity to put creative ways of recycling and reducing paper waste into practice. People all over the internet have been posting their crafty, DIY ways to wrap presents with recycled paper. Here are the top ten recycled gift wrapping ideas that we’ve found.

1. Newspaper Bows

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Instead of throwing out the daily paper, here’s a crafty way to put it to good use.

2. Glossy Newsprint


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This gift wrapping idea makes great, clean and high-quality looking wrapping paper. Repurpose old magazines and keep them out of the landfill.

3. Reusable Fabric Wrap


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Reusable wrapping like the fabric wrap here is a great way to reduce paper waste this Holiday season.

4. Old Maps


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With GPS technology replacing traditional paper maps, this provides a great alternative to just throwing out those old unused maps.

5. Comic Books


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A fun and colorful way to wrap gifts; try and putting those comic books to good use.

6. Children’s Artwork

Meaningful and sentimental gift wrapping like this is a perfect alternative to traditional and wasteful wrapping habits.

7. Take-out Menus


Repurpose those old take out menus in a clever and creative way.

8. Old Posters


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A great idea for the music/movie lover, posters can be used to personalize an already personal holiday gift.

9. Paper Bags


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As a huge source of paper waste, paper bags can be saved from the landfill by being used as gift wrapping.

10. Newspaper Comics

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A classic gift wrapping alternative, the Comics from your sunday paper provide a fun and crafty source for wrapping paper.


And, there you have it. Give one or more of these ideas a shot this Holiday season and rest assured that you’ve done your part to not generate more unnecessary waste. Happy Holidays!

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