Green Tip(s) of the Week #16 – Gift wrap ideas (and a giveaway)

This week’s green tips come from my good friend Heather at A Mama’s Blog, who just got a bloggy makeover and a new domain and is celebrating with a giveaway (more on that below). Heather’s tips are great suggestions for making gift wrap more usable and less wasteful.

  • Wrap a bottle of wine in a dish towel, tied off with a ribbon at the top. Bonus: the recipient gets a dish towel that can be reused, instead of throwing a mylar bag away.
  • Use a jump rope for the ribbon on an older child’s present. Bonus: they get to use the jump rope.
  • Recycle birthday, Christmas cards, etc. as gift tags. Cut out the part you want to use (make sure there is no writing on the back), and then reuse these the next time you need a gift tag.


To celebrate the fact that she moved to her own domain, Heather is giving away one of her best-selling What Happens At Grandma’s, Stays At Grandma’s t-shirt from her store Little Pumpkin Sweet Pea Designs! Stop in for a chance to win and to check out A Mama’s Blog. She discusses everything from attachment parenting to the reality of c-sections, from household projects to life with her two sweet boys. 🙂

Have any green tips you’ve recently learned? Please email them to me and I may include your tip with a link to your site or blog in a future post. 🙂

12 thoughts on “Green Tip(s) of the Week #16 – Gift wrap ideas (and a giveaway)”

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  2. I like the dish cloth idea. We also do that with old Christmas cards.

    There’s been a few babies in our families over the past year, so plenty of cute baby gifts were needed. Instead of wrapping paper, we wrapped the gifts in soft fleecey baby blankets tied up with a ribbon, so the wrapping is part of the present and perfect for winter! Summer babies get their gifts wrapped in a soft muslin cloth. And we are still reusing all the gift bags we received when littlepixie was born, they’re neverending!

  3. My mom made cloth gift bags thirty-some years ago and we are still using them for birthdays and holidays. She picked out fun fabrics, sewed a ribbon for tying the gift into the seam and sometimes used iron-on letters to put our names on the front. Last Christmas I asked for my own set of customized gift bags to use with my family and we’re already making memories with them. Check out “The Gift Wrap that Keeps on Wrapping” at for more ideas!

  4. My fiance and I have decided to give up on gift wrapping entirely. When giving gifts to someone outside the family then we will consider some of the suggestions listed here but otherwise our family will simply have to close their eyes and then open the box. We are going to give our stockpile away on freecycle.


  5. My 4 year old loves to paint at preschool and brings large paintings home each week. I the occasional one, but the others I use to wrap children’s birthdays presents in.

    I also wrote a post on Planning a Green Easter“, which was about some of the things that I am going to do to reduce our waste and carbon emissions over this holiday period.

  6. Another idea is to choose paper that is made in an eco-friendly way. At our toy store, , we use a wrapping paper that is made in Germany by Disegno, a company that makes a point of preserving the environment.

    This company purchases their paper only from pulp suppliers who have wood from FSC or PEFC certified woods (a certificate awarded by an independent organization which guarantees sustainable and controlled forest cultivation.)

    And, the paper design and color is one of the most beautiful I have seen in my life. To take a pic, go to

  7. I’ve made gift tags from cards for years and we get complimented on it every time we use them. I love the wine and dishtowel idea! I’ll put that one to good use.

  8. I have always been a fabric and silkish scarf freak, collection them from thrift stores, goodwill, etc. Since I don’t really sew or wear more than a couple scarves i love, i wrap gifts in the fabric and scarves. creates more space in my life and maybe someone will wear the scarf or make a little something with the fabric.


  9. Recycle birthday, Christmas cards, etc. as gift tags. Cut out the part you want to use (make sure there is no writing on the back), and then reuse these the next time you need a gift tag.

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