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by Martina McNeill November 12, 2019 5 min read
One of the most exciting moments at Christmas is looking at a big pile of presents under the tree. Who can resist that colourful and shiny paper, the ribbons, bows and bright gift tags? We want to rip straight through that paper and get to the treasure hidden inside!
Once the ripping frenzy is over we're left surrounded by mounds of shredded shiny stuff. Some of it might have been opened carefully and kept, or a special tag put aside for remembrance. Other than that, we no longer care what happens to the outer wrapping and forget about it. Where does it all go however?
Don't worry, I'm not about to give you a huge lecture on recycling and saving our planet. But if you check out some of the links above, you might be surprised at what you find! What it boils down to is:
Save money, time, your sanity and the planet by selectively wrapping those gifts!
I get it - wrapping gifts can be fun (for some of us) and it's part of the appeal to make them look attractive. Children in particular would feel deprived if they couldn't rip off that shiny layer! Did you know though, that some children (especially those with Autism) don't like wrapped presents? If you'd like to know more about that particular joy, feel free to send me an email!
So how can you make conscientious choices when it comes to presenting your gifts?
Skip the non-recyclable bows and gift tags, and try these ideas instead:
Bag it - don't buy your regular gift bag though. Give a reuseable shopping or tote bag as an extra gift. Use brown paper bags and decorate them with flowers, ink stamp them or even cut shapes out of the bag. Invest in a sturdy 'Santa Sack' or Christmas stocking that will last for years, and put your kids' presents in that. Recycle an unused pillow case by tie-dying, stamping it or even sewing some bling onto it.
Cutting down on Christmas costs and waste doesn't have to be painful. A bit of creative thinking, forethought and the willingness to try something new and different goes a long way. We'd love to hear some of your tips for re-purposing and re-using, so why not drop us a line below?
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