Zero Waste Christmas Wrapping Tips – Ethical Advent Day 8

My absolute favourite way to be eco-friendly (and also save money) at Christmas has to be getting inventive with wrapping presents. Once you get hooked on this, you’ll have so much fun and won’t want to go back to boring old wrapping paper!

Here are the ways I like to save wrapping paper and have fun too…

Gift Boxes & Tins

Make your gift wrapping part of the gift, by using a lovely tin/reusable box that your friend or loved one will continue to use. You can add bows, ribbons or other decorative bits if you want.

We save up gift bags that people have given us, and also have some reusable Christmas gift boxes that we keep each year to use just for us. That way, we don’t actually use paper, so it saves wrapping time and resources – especially good if you’re not keen on gift wrapping. Plus, there’s never an empty under-tree!

Wrap in Fabric

Many of us have scraps of fabric around the house, and if you don’t, it’s really easy to go to any haberdashery store, or search online and find remnants of fabric (curtain, fashion, upholstery, anything goes)! You may even find some worn out clothes (not good enough for charity) that can be chopped up and recycled.


You can really play around with the fabrics you use, and stitch some together if you’re feeling creative. I simply wrap the presents up and tie them with a ribbon. Leave a nice little note on recycled paper inside, asking your friend to re-use the fabric or give it back to you. Nothing gets thrown away – wonderful.

How about using a tea towel and make that part of the gift too – there’s no end of gorgeous designs out there, including Christmas ones.

Newspaper/Brown Paper

Sometimes just the simplest wrap of newspaper can look beautiful, customised with string or ribbon, and add some cut-outs of Christmas Trees, Stars, or anything Christmassy. Very vintage and chintzy looking.

Recycled Gift Tags

For gorgeous gift tags, you can use cut up Christmas cards from previous years – your friends and family will spot your unique wrapping a mile off. And they’ll want to do the same. You can use pinking shears to create a zig-zag pattern.

This is my no means an exhaustive list of ideas for making your Christmas wrapping kinder on the planet. Have a play around with different ideas, and see what you come up with.

What do you like to do to save waste at Christmas? Share your tips in the comments.

Thanks for reading! See you tomorrow.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. I adore the ‘wrap your pressie in a tea towel’ tip! Thank you 🙂

    1. Aww. So glad you like it. Hope it comes in useful! 🙂

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