Newspaper and scrap paper
A wonderful alternative to regular wrapping paper are materials that can be found in the waste paper bin. Newspapers, maps, book pages, sheet music, cardboard rolls and paper bags have great packaging potential and are wonderful for creative gift wrapping.
For an individual touch, you can decorate the packaging. All materials that nature has to offer - fir branches, pinecones, dried flowers and cinnamon sticks - work perfect as decoration. Dried fruit and homemade gift tags made of salt dough will also look magical on your gift wrapping.
Gift wrapped in scrap paper and a bow
With a little skill and some kitchen twine, cotton fabric or ribbons made from natural fibers, you can even do without sticky tape.
Wrapping gifts in fabric
A particularly beautiful type of eco-friendly gift wrapping comes from Japan. With the so-called Furoshiki technique, gifts are elegantly wrapped with fabric towels and artfully knotted. The Japanese folding technique creates a beautiful, natural, and sustainable gift from cotton muslin, scraps of fabric sewn together or linen and cotton tea towels.
Gift wrapped with the Furoshiki technique
In addition, you can continue using the cloths after opening the gift, as they can be reused as often as you like and can even continue to be used in the household. Also, the fabrics can be dyed with natural materials - avocado peel colours old pink, turmeric conjures up a beautiful yellow and blueberries provide a lovely shade of purple.
If knotting and wrapping are not your thing, you can turn to simple fabric bags. Bread and vegetable bags made of cotton directly become an additional gift and are a practical companion for everyday life.
The cotton fabric can also be painted, labelled with pens, or decorated and individualised with DIY iron-on pictures or embroidery. Of course, gifts made from reusable materials should also look pretty and with that, they get a very personal touch on top.
Gift wrapped in cotton bags
Tins and jars
Empty canning jars or decorative tins often sit unused in the kitchen cupboard. Christmas is a great opportunity to use these packages for homemade gifts! Not only baking mixes, boiled syrup or roasted almonds look good in jars, but also homemade cosmetics such as body butter and body scrubs can be stored and given away perfectly in them.
Gifts wrapped in jars
With a label, some kitchen twine and a handwritten card, you can turn a simple jar into a pretty and very personal eco-friendly gift in no time at all.
If you want to give away a pretty gift basket with small treats or sustainable cosmetics, you can make wonderful use of cardboard boxes and baskets that you may no longer have any use for yourself. Baskets will thus find a second life as storage options in the children's room, bathroom or office.
Gifts in a basket
With a few simple tricks and materials that you already have at home, gifts not only become more beautiful, but also much more personal. At the same time, you set a good example for sustainability and easily avoid unnecessary waste. If you are still looking for some gifts to wrap, check out our creative gifting ideas in our blog section #giftingmakesushappy! You can also find wonderful gifts in our store as well as some beautiful Christmas Cards!
With a Christmas Card every present gets even more personal!