- Use decorative newspaper ads, colorful pages from magazines, old book pages, music sheets, old maps, calendars, or Sunday comics to wrap with.
- Chances are that if you have a child, you have heaps of drawings and paintings that you are constitutionally unable to throw away. Use that old art for wrapping paper.
- Cut wrapping paper or children’s art to fit the top and bottom of a gift box and permanently attach it—that way the box can be reused without having the paper ripped to open it.
- Reuse old ribbons and wrapping paper (if wrinkled, press with a warm iron).
- Use flowers, evergreen sprigs, rosemary sprigs (yum!), pinecones, yarn, or reusable hair ribbons instead of plastic bows.
- Use the fronts of old holiday cards as name tags for this year’s gifts.
- Create a scavenger hunt in your home by hiding unwrapped gifts and giving each of your family members clues to find them.