5 Creative and Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

12/ 21/ 2020

5 Creative and Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

As you finish your last-minute Christmas shopping for friends and family, it’s important to ensure that you are wrapping your gifts in a festive and sustainable manner. As the holidays are quickly approaching, here are our favorite creative and eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas.

Old Newspapers

Interested in a rustic aesthetic for your gift wrapping this year? Utilizing old newspapers as a substitute for wrapping paper is a perfect way to achieve a stylish and sustainable presentation this season. Not to mention, this wrapping paper alternative provides a cohesive and coordinated appearance to all of your presents - perfect for a photo op under the tree!

If you’re looking to get even more creative with your gift styling this year, experiment with adorable painted newspaper bows and snowflakes to top off each of your presents. For inspiration, take a look at this article from The New York Times.

Glass Jars

If you’re in need of a reusable way to package a variety of small gifts, this method is your perfect match! Not only is a glass jar an excellent option for sustainable packaging, but the jar also serves as an adorable vase after you’ve gifted your present.

For a festive addition to your gift, spice up your glass jar with a bow or small ornament for a personal touch. If you’re looking for inspiration, peruse our variety of ornaments and decorating sets from Fraser Hill Farm to get in the holiday spirit.

Fabric Gift Bags

Planning to wrap clothing items this holiday season? If so, you’ll want to consider investing in fabric gift bags as an eco-friendly wrapping alternative. Complete with festive designs, your friends and family will adore this reusable packaging.

Not to mention, small fabric or sheer gift bags are amazing sustainable options for jewelry and more delicate pieces!

If you’re interested in creating your own handmade fabric gift bags, reference this article for simple step-by-step instructions.

Hand-Decorated Paper

Looking for an amusing activity for kids? Using construction or craft paper, have the kids decorate the wrapping with paint, markers, or stickers, creating a personal and hand-made substitute for traditional wrapping paper.

If you’re an artistic adult looking to create some personalized wrapping, we recommend using metallic pens and markers for a frosty aesthetic to your design.

Need some decorating ideas? Take a look at our collection of Christmas decorations and home décor for artwork inspiration.

Fabric (Furoshiki Folding Method)

Interested in a wrapping challenge this Christmas? The Furoshiki folding method is a Japanese wrapping technique, ideal for those in search of an eco-friendly and stylish wrapping alternative. Whether you use your existing fabric or purchase some at the craft store or thrift shop, this option is an excellent way to incorporate sustainability into your holiday traditions.

Get started with this article detailing the various knots and techniques of the Furoshiki method.


It’s important to prioritize sustainability this holiday season, so we hope you enjoy our guide to creative and eco-friendly wrapping alternatives.

If you need a break from wrapping gifts for this year, be sure to peruse our holiday sale page to get a head start on next year's décor. 

Best of luck in your wrapping journey, and don’t forget to take photos of your creations!

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