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5 Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

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4. Decorative Tins

You can find pretty metal tins in all shapes and sizes, and they’re great for gifting small presents like jewelry and even larger items like clothing. Just tie the tin up with a pretty bow, and you’re ready to put it under the tree!

After the holiday is over, tins are great for storing and organizing. My mother-in-law gave me a gift in a 6″ tall square yellow tin over 5 years ago. I have no idea what present was inside of it, but I’ve been using the tin itself as an office organizer for my pens and pencils ever since, and I think of her every time I glance over at it. That’s the thing I love most about alternative giftwrap – it has heart, and it’s often memorable.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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2:16PM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Thank you! I have tried some ideas before but this year I will do more!

2:41AM PST on Feb 14, 2012

Wonderful ideas! Thanks.

2:23PM PST on Dec 26, 2011

nice and simple, thanks!

7:06PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

I usually put my gifts in the pretty reusable canvas bags sold at Whole Foods.

6:17AM PST on Dec 16, 2011

Very cool

8:26PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

fabulous!

8:21PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Great ideas. Thanks.

4:26PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

I am wrapping my gifts in colorful reusable shopping bags...a gift in and of itself!

6:34AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

On this overcrowded planet, waste is an increasingly serious problem. It's a necessary commandment to avoid waste in every way possible. I always reuse gift paper, and instead of gift ribbon I tie it with ivy branches that have to be cut anyway. They look really fine, and afterwards they are compostable.

4:20PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Thanks.

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