- Use what you already have.
Don’t buy any gift wrapping material unless you have to. Find inspiration from things lying around your house—shopping bags, newspaper ads, and the like. Once you start looking at material as potential gift wrapping aids, the possibilities are many.
- Reuse as much as possible.
If you have a recycling bin that gets filled pretty often, then you have plenty of wrapping paper and containers. I’m starting to save my yogurt containers for gifts!
If you need to buy wrapping material, look for paper and bags that can be reused and recycled.
- Less is more.
When you use unconventional materials for gift wrap, it’s easy to get carried away and think you need to make up for your approach by overly decorating the wrapped gift. Keep wrapped gifts as simple as possible. Just one little bow, a picture, or hand-written message on a brown box go a long way, making the gift look classy without looking like you tried too hard.