Being a family of seven children, gifts from Mom and Dad alone would fill the space under the tree. Once gifts from grandparents, aunts & uncles and godparents were received, our tiny living room would have presents that spread far beyond the tree.
I remember Mom after all the gifts were opened, gathering mounds of wrapping paper and stuffing it into numerous garbage bags. It bothered me, even as a young child, how much money was wasted on all that paper only to end up in the landfill.
As an adult, my goal each year is to come up with creative Eco-friendly Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas that reduce waste and saves money. In doing so, I often hear friends and family say, "oh this present must be from Martha".
This year I decided rather than ribbon I would use scarves so the recipients receive two gifts in one.
Creative Eco-Friendly Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Scarves
Wrapping Paper Alternatives
What I love most is that it can be reused in a number of ways like for children's art paper, or cut into sheets for shopping lists. It's great for lining compost bins or it's intended purpose - to wrap parcels throughout the year.
Ribbon and Bows
I used a ladies scarf tied into a bow on the top of one gift...
...and a men's scarf on another.
In keeping with the "winter cozy theme", I used the cutest Christmas Sweater Ribbon on the third...
Another option for my winter theme could have been wooden sleighs or ornaments with skis and poles.
Red burlap ribbon bows with faux holly berries are a nice touch. My friend Leanna from Faeries and Fauna Blog has a great video tutorial on how to make bows.
Gift Tag IdeasDepending on your budget, you could place a coffee house gift card inside a small mitten as an alternative to a gift tag. For children (depending on their age) place a small toy, movie pass or iTunes card into the mitten and don't forget to add a candy cane.
Gift Wrapping Theme IdeasThink of a theme you could create for your gifts like I did with my "Winter Cozy" theme.
Rustic Woodland Theme
A wood slice ornament would make a great gift tag for this theme. For the wine lover on your list, see my tutorial on how to make Wood Slice Cocktail Hour Coasters that could easily be turned into ornaments using an eye hook and bakers twine.