Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Simplifying Christmas: Saving Time on Gift Wrapping

wrapped gift

Maybe you're like my dear friend Helen, who does marvelous gift wrapping and really enjoys doing it; her boxes are works of art. But if you're more like me, you appreciate anything that makes the wrapping easier while still having your gift look nice.

Gift bags are a great answer - especially fabric bags that can be reused time and again. These bags are also great if you are traveling by plane, where wrapped gifts might wind up getting opened by the security folks.

four fabric gift bags

Wrapsacks were the first fabric gift bags I discovered, a number of years ago.

sock monkey gift bags

Lucky Crow makes the case for gift bags. "Finally, a gift wrap that saves time: no scissors, no tape, no mess, no stress. Help the environment by reducing waste! Our fabric gift bags are simple, waste-free, easy, stylish, reusable, super-cool, eco-savvy, sustainable." [via Hope's Bag]

fabric gift bags

Lagniappe Gift Wrap has a Recycling Rewards program where you can send bags back to them and get a discount coupon for your next on-line purchase. Update on Nov. 28, 2011: The Lagniappe Gift Wrap web site has disappeared.

Fwraps are fabric gift wrap pouches. [via the San Francisco Chronicle]

gift boxes

Another easy option is to use beautiful gift boxes that need no wrapping - and can serve as useful containers to the recipients. BoxCo has a large assortment.

[Lead photo by fille_de_photo / Annette Pedrosian]


Tammany said...

I've been reading for a while now, but haven't commented yet. I've just loved some of your ideas, but have to say thanks for this one. I'm finding myself becoming more and more green minded and am struggling with the idea of wrapping paper. Some of those bags are so cute. (And since I sew, I can really make some personalized ones.)
I have to admit that my solution this year is going to be brown paper shopping bags with pretty ribbon.

Blue Yonder said...

This reminded me of furoshiki, the traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that's making a big comeback, now that eco-friendly zero-waste gift wraps are in vogue.

Jeri Dansky said...

Tammany, thanks for writing. One of the joys of blogging (or any writing) is knowing that something you wrote was meaningful or helpful to someone.

Regarding green wrapping options, beyond the reusable gas and boxes, there's the furoshiki that Blue Yonder was kind enough to mention. And then there's the "use whatever paper you already have in the house" approach: newspaper, kid's art work, old maps, etc.