Earth-Friendly Gifts and Wrappings

  • When selecting gifts and wrappings, consider those that can be recycled.
  • When giving (homemade) cookies, cake, candy, etc., place the cookies in a cookie jar that the recipient can keep. Or, use a plastic refrigerator box or a basket that the recipient can use later.
  • To decorate a bottle, jar, or canister, make a miniature wreath of vines or use greenery to encircle the container.
  • Give a healthy potted plant with instructions for its care.
  • Give a toolbox with a small assortment of tools.
  • Give gift certificates for food, flowers, sports, or entertainment.
  • Wrap a gift in handkerchiefs or bandannas that will become part of the gift.
  • Put a gift in a Christmas stocking or tote bag that becomes part of the gift.
  • Wrap a gift in the sports page of the newspaper for the sportsperson, the cartoon pages for a child, or the stock quotations for a business person.
  • Wrap a gift in plain brown paper and decorate it with greenery, your own personal artwork or pages from the children’s coloring book.
  • Purchase wrapping paper made from recycled paper.
  • Paste old Christmas cards on old shopping bags and use them to hold awkwardly shaped gifts.
  • Use old maps or posters, leftover wallpaper, pages from old calendars, or old sheet music to wrap packages.
  • Reuse wrappings, tissues, and ribbons from gifts that were received previously.

GIFTS TO AVOID because they are endangered:

  • Furs
  • Ivory
  • Exotic plants
  • Exotic birds, mammals or reptiles
  • Tropical hardwood boxes, bowls, or carvings
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