Besides Christmas, Wedding and Graduation season is probably the busiest time of year for a lot of people. This summer alone we have been invited to 6 graduation parties, a bridal shower and two weddings. That's a lot of gift giving for one summer and when I think about how much I will spend in cards and giftwrap alone...it makes me sort of cringe. Even though I LOVE wrapping beautiful gifts, I have been starting to realize what a waste it is to spend so much money on paper, bags, ribbon and bows that end up just getting tossed in the trash! My mom and I actually started recycling gift bags and boxes for each other's gifts a long time ago, and this Christmas, we gave each other baskets filled with little presents, instead of wrapping all of them individually. I feel like this saved us all a lot of money AND we were able to reuse the cute baskets we gave our gifts in. Bonus!
I know one easy solution to this problem is to stop wrapping gifts all together. But really...what fun is that? I know Eric would be fine because he has never wrapped a gift in his life. Ha! But I am all about presentation so I have to give my gifts wrapped in something cute. And when a basket doesn't work, I have decided to try some of the BEAUTIFUL reusable giftwraps that ReusableBags.com has to offer. Here are some of my favorites.
This beautiful organic 100% cotton giftwrap by Chewing the Cud is perfect for a wedding or shower. I absolutely love the colors...
Chewing the Cud also makes this gorgeous giftwrap, which I am going to purchase for my girlfriend's birthday gift and a baby shower I am attending next month...
Another option for reusable giftwrap is to use an actual reusable bag, like an ACME Workhorse or an Envirosax bag. Both are great options because it is like getting a bonus gift once your package is unwrapped! Obviously, learning to fold and tie reusable giftwrap to look like the presents above will take some instruction. Luckily, my friend Natalie sent over a link to a giftwrap how-to video with lots of great tips, ideas and instructions. I have included the viedo below in case you want to take a look :-)
Now...if you don't have the patience or time to fold and tie your giftwrap like the gifts above, you could invest in some of these adorable reusable gift bags by Wrapsacks. You could literally wrap a gift in two seconds with these things :-)
Wine is one of my favorite gifts to give. It is perfect for weddings, house warming parties, birthdays, holidays, etc. so I am a big fan of the wine bags. So freaking cute. And one of the things I love best about the reusable gift bags is that if you have a really odd shaped item (like most kids toys are), it doesn't matter because the bag will fit any shape and still look cute.
There are a lot of other great ways to cut down on giftwrap waste and one of the biggest ways is to just give a giftcard or good old cash :-) That tends to be the gift of choice for weddings and graduations these days anyway. But since giftcards and/or money is a pretty boring gift to give (in my opinion), you could put the card or money in a LunchSkin or a Bazura Coin Purse to spice it up a bit :-)
Now...if this post has sold you on the idea of reusable giftwrap, then you are in luck because ReusableBags.com is offering FREE SHIPPING on a $25 or more purchase for new customers this weekend! The code is NEWCUST25 and it is good through 5/23.
AND...are you ready for the best part? The folks over at ReusableBags are going to let me give away one piece of Chewing the Cud giftwrap!!! The winner will get to select the color or style they want so be sure to check out all of their items here. Here's how to enter...
1.) Leave a comment on this post and tell me one way you like to reuse when it comes to wrapping gifts. Do you reuse paper? Or reuse ribbon? Do you recycle old gift bags and regift them? I would love to read all your creative ideas.
2.) Earn an additional entry by signing up for the ReusableBags.com newsletter. You can do that here. Be sure to post an additional comment letting me know you signed up.
3.) Earn an additional entry by blogging about this giveaway. Just be sure to include the link to your post in your comment.
And that's all you have to do! You have until Monday night (5/24) to enter and I will post the winner's name on Tuesday morning. Good luck everyone and Happy Friday!!