To Wrap or not to wrap… that is the question.

I know I am not the first to tell you, and I certainly WON’T be the last to tell you that Christmas is coming! All the stores are stocked, the radio stations are playing less commercial holiday tunes in an attempt to lull you into the inevitable acceptance of the oncoming barrage of Jingle Bells and Joy to the World that will assault you non-stop around the 15th of December, and heck, even snow is falling. There is no denying it; you are staring down the barrel of the holiday season.

Assuming you have picked the gift that says exactly what you want, no NEED it to say, and have paid the right price for it, it’s time to wrap it up and stash it until the big day. I don’t know about you, but as I wonder the festive aisles of shops hocking pretty paper and ribbons, gift bags with holograms and gift tags so intricate that they themselves are works of art, I start to wonder if the old adage “”it’s not what is outside, but what is inside that counts” was still true. Maybe, we are getting so “in” to the commercial elements of gift giving that the darn gift is irrelevant as long as the wrapping looks like it was done by Martha Stewart with high end reflective craft paper and bows only a skilled artisan should know about…

With a bit of a chuckle and a sigh, I decided then and there that I wasn’t going to “buy in”. I am already making an effort to buy less this year, so why not go a little further and take the recycle, reuse and reduce values I hold so dear to the next level. I spent a really short amount of time researching some ideas on the internet, if you too would like to use what you have around the house to present your thoughtful treasures to your loved ones, click on some of the links to get your creative and green juices flowing!

http://envirodad.com/eco-friendly-gift-wrapping-tips-for-christmas/

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/10-green-alternatives-for-wrap-70797

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