5 Eco-friendly Alternatives for Christmas Gift Wrapping


I love Christmas, I love everything about it! The reason for the season, time with family, the food, the tree, the lights and of course the presents!

As a child, I would try to unwrap wrapped presents or dig through closets to try to find gifts before Christmas.

Lately, however, I’ve become more conscious about what we purchase and throw away. So this year, we bought only a few gifts, and I wrapped them with eco-friendly materials that I already had at home.

Sustainably wrapped gifts don’t have to be boring! Here are 5 eco-friendly alternatives to wrapping paper.


I used a piece of canvas drop cloth that we use at home for painting. Material is a great option because it can be reused.  Use anything from dishcloths, handkerchiefs or that Ill-fitting t-shirt that you have been meaning to donate. You can even wrap it using the fancy Furoshiki gift wrapping. No tape needed.



Cloth bows, ribbon, and some greenery can dress up newspaper.  Bonus, if you use the horoscope, crossword or Sudoku page it might get read or used after being opened.

Brown Kraft paper or paper bags

Brown kraft paper is easier to recycle than shiny coloured wrapping paper (which is usually non-recyclable). I used brown paper bags that I got from shopping at a plant store. If you have paper grocery bags, these are great! Better yet, reuse those white H&M paper bags you have lying around; just cut and turn inside out.


Burlap has been used for hundreds of years and is perfect to use because it breaks down quickly, as it’s a natural fibre, and you can wrap a gift without having to search for the scotch tape.

Children’s Art Work

If you have one small human or more, you undoubtedly have a stack of colouring pages and artwork. We have a Crayola Doodle Pad filled with pages and pages of scribbles. Use the pages to wrap gifts for grandparents, aunties and uncles. I’m sure older kids would feel so proud to have their work on display!

1 Comment

  • Felecia E Wilson December 21, 2019 at 9:02 am

    This is the BEST post!!


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