Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Alternatives

These gift-wrapping ideas will help you plan and prepare your own environmentally-friendly alternatives for wrapping gifts. Eco-friendly gift wraps and tags contribute to the fun and celebration of Christmas and other special events without the added waste. 

Environmentally friendly gift wrapping ideas

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Gift-giving is an important part of the Christmas season and other festivities. This means lots of paper and ribbon could be used and thrown out every year. The amount of traditional gift wraps and trimmings can be reduced by reusing bows and gift bags received during a previous birthday, anniversary or graduation.

Fortunately there are alternative ways to wrap gifts with beautiful results.


Eco-friendly gift wrapping

The bloggers featured in this roundup have amazing options for wrapping gifts that reduce waste while providing unique, personal touches to gift-giving!

Browse through the creative gift tags, homemade bows, and hand-painted wrapping papers to find just the right choices for you and your family. 


 Eco friendly gift wrapping alternatives


Homemade Christmas Gift Bags / Messy Little Monster

Cupcake Liner Ornaments Homemade Wrapping Paper / The Soccer Mom Blog

Fabric Gift Wrap (Furoshiki) / Buggy and Buddy

Snowman Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Activity / Preschool Toolkit


Innovative ways to wrap gifts with eco-friendly options

Upcycyled Christmas Gift Tags / Danya Banya

Handmade Gift Bows / Ever Change Productions

DIY Gift Box Ideas / Red Ted Art


 More eco-friendly ways to wrap gifts

Wrap a shoe box for an eco friendly option for gift giving

 Wrap the bottom and lid of a shoe box separately. 

Place a gift inside the box. Cover with the lid. Wrap ribbon around the box or simply add a bow to the top!


Small box with bow for eco gift wrap option


Tape ribbon to the top only of a small jewelry box.

Tape ribbon to the inside of the box. Add a bow or ribbon cluster to the center.



Recycle tin box for eco gift wrap option


Upcycle a decorative tin cookie can or chocolate box.

Add a bow or ribbon to the top of a clean dry container.



Use small or large towels as gift wrap


Wrap gifts inside other fabric gifts.

Place a gift in the middle of a towel. Draw up the edges and secure with ribbon or up-cycled trim.



Make a large gift box smaller


Make a large gift box smaller to hold a small gift.

This easy tutorial will help you adjust a box that's too big!


More awesome eco-friendly ideas!

Gift Boxes from Shipping Boxes from Brainy Beginnings Network

Gift Wrap Be Gone from Kitchen Counter Chronicles

It's a Wrap - Or Not! from Kids Activities Blog

Homemade Christmas Wrap from Learning 4 Kids


Start a new tradition with your own creative, eco-friendly ways to wrap gifts.


Visit Earth Day  on Pinterest for eco-friendly options every day
Visit Christmas  on Pinterest for seasonal crafts and activities


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