This week has been busy with an engagement of our closest friends (after a sweaty hockey game!), picking up our ridiculously organic and misshapen Yulemas Tree, a work party and finally a day of rest.
And wrapping presents for family.
I adore beautifully wrapped presents and may have a few rigidities around wrapping presents PERFECTLY. That said, the thought of spending money on something that people are going to rip into pieces for it to be at worse, thrown in the landfill, or at best recycled, kills me. As a result, we haven't bought much wrapping paper in years.
Nevertheless, our presents continue to look smashing if I do humbly say so myself.
How? Through the joys of newspaper!
A local Haligonian paper, The Coast, always has the most interesting graphics and front page "art" work, which is especially festive during December. All I needed to do was pick up a free paper two Thursdays in a row, read them as I would anyway, and spend some time searching for a "wrappable" section.
Seriously, this can get really fun, especially since for certain friends I wrapped their presents using the "Savage Love" (warning, explicitly sexual articles post-link!) section of the newspaper (hah!).
Smaller graphics can be cut out for pretty gift tags. A bit of repurposed ribbon or string and you're good to go!
Now, for my brother's "step-son" who's 3 years old, I caved and purchased a small bit of wrapping paper made from recycled paper. I pick my battles :)
Wrapping our Yulemas gifts with artfully selected newspaper can be fun, beautiful and would help save our landfills from tons of plastic-y, non-recycled wrapping paper. Give it a try!
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