We keep Christmas gifts simple here.
Santa always visits the Kids as they are most definitely on the nice list, but apart from that gift giving is kept purely for close family. This may sound mean (does it?) but for us Christmas isn’t about shopping, it’s about spending time not cash. Time is our most valuable asset, if lost it cannot be replaced.
Each year every gift recipient gets a Christmas box. This is filled with something to eat, drink and an experience. Usually the actual box is upcycled from a used shoebox or something similar. Very often the Kids and I decoupage the boxes from recycled paper to make them unique to each person.
However as I unpacked the Christmas decorations this December, I discovered quite a few items that could easily be recycled and upcycled into variations of gift wrapping.
Basket hampers, stockings, boxes, tins and gift bags. Enough to cover the gifts ready to be wrapped.
And just because it is recycled it doesn’t mean it’s sub-standard. Gift-wrapping is important. The anticipation of the gift can be as important as the thought of the gift itself. Aka I will be making an effort! Watch this space!
In fact I’ve been getting some inspiration – there are some wonderful ideas out there.
But there were 2 boxes of chocolates for teachers that were crying out to be covered in traditional paper.
I’d heard that the best way to wrap is using an ironing board. The simple ideas are always the best. What a fabulous idea.
Those who know me, know that my ironing board doesn’t get used very often, hence this post from 2012 on how to simplify a laundry routine.
Aside from wrapping gifts, it’s likely that it’ll be used a little more in the lead up to Christmas as I have a new toy.
Breville UK have kindly included me in their #creaseofmind campaign. I don’t have any plans to iron my gifts, but I am feeling a little inspired to make a large origami bow with the help of the PressXpress to drape one gift Santa’s sleigh is dropping off. After all their tagline is ‘Turn On Your Creativity’.
What recycled gift wrapping tips do you have? Please do share!
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