Why do we wrap gifts?
The desire to hide the identity of a gift until just the right moment, led people to wrap gifts long long ago. Wrapping gifts in paper probably started not long after paper was invented thousands of years ago. Then gift wrapping ideas came into existence to build up the anticipation and curiosity of opening the gift.
Francis Wolle invented gift bag when he got this idea while he was messing around. He started folding origami paper into the shape of a bag.
Joyce Clyde Hall and his brother Rollie came up with modern gift wrapping ideas in 1917.
It has been found that lakhs of tonnes of paper is used every year for wrapping gifts and decorating items. Unfortunately, so much of today’s wrapping paper is not eco-friendly. Most of the times, the wrapping papers are coated with not-so-planet-loving material like glitter and plastic. They are discarded after single use.
So, let us think of doing it differently and practice some gift wrapping ideas which will make those moments special and memorable which wrapping a gift creates for us. Here at HollyHock we would love to share with you some sustainable and eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas.
1. Newspaper and Magazines
Use what you already have. Use an old newspaper from your house or you can ask for the yesterday’s paper from a local café after reading. You can use either the comics section with a simple bow or just the printed newspaper without color or ads to give your wrapped gift the classiest look. Also you can use a magazine to wrap a gift for your loved ones. This will give a vintage look to your gift wrap.
This is one of the older gift wrapping ideas which is best suited to wrap oddly shaped gifts. This technique is still popular in Japan. You can use old tee shirts or clothes that have served you enough. Also you can use one of the scarves taken from a charity shop.
3. Old Maps
You can find them in your own home or ask for them from your oldies. You are sure to get them from nooks of their houses. This will give a soothing colorful look to your gift wrapping.
4. Recycle Paper Bags
Look for papers and bags that are reusable. Always save paper shopping bags from the stores. Do not hesitate to ask for plain brown paper bags from the stores. Do not forget to save plain white paper you would otherwise recycle. Start doing all these things and you will be having many creative gift wrapping ideas to wrap your next gift.
– You can use a mushroom bag as it is turned inside out with a string and handmade tag and it is surely going to give an eco-chick look to your gift wrap.
– Use a plain brown paper to wrap the next gift. A little bow, a picture or a hand written message on a brown box will surely go a long way; and looks classy and eco-friendly.
– Never throw your child’s art work. Children’s art works are unpredictable. So they look great and unique when used as wrapping paper.
This is not all. One of the oldest gift wrapping ideas is to use a plain paper to wrap your gift. You can use plain paper with duct embellishments that will give your gift wrap a ‘Keep it Simple ‘ look.
5. Bottles with handmade labels
Never throw bottles and tins as they can give you some of the perfect gift wrapping ideas to pack edible gifts. It is easy to transform bottles and tins into special gift packaging with a customized handmade label. All you need is a little white paper and some creativity. So, from now on remember not to throw your baby food containers as they can give you more than one gift wrapping ideas.
With so many gift wrapping ideas you are sure to contribute to this eco system.
We at HollyHock are here to provide you with some beautiful and well designed options to gift. So what are you waiting for? Browse and choose one for your daddy as Father’s Day is not so far away. And do not forget to use one of these sustainable and green gift wrapping ideas.