2018 has been a year full of growing, learning and helping. We are becoming more aware of our environment and the need to protect it, with the festive season just around the corner and christmas literally almost a month away (where has this year gone?) I thought it’d be a great idea to give some environmentally friendly wrapping ideas.

As we all know, christmas paper isn’t recyclable, and hundreds of thousands land up in our bins and in the landfills every single year. I think it’s important for us to make a conscious effort this year, even if it’s a small one to try and reduce that!

Brown paper bags

I don’t know about you but I have always been one for the more natural, rustic look – depending on the occasion of course but I think this is a perfect idea for those gifts that are a little too big or a little too small to wrap. They are inexpensive and can be dressed up or down for the look you are going for!


Is this not so beautiful? This is one I don’t believe many people will think of but I absolutely love the idea of wrapping a gift in a gorgeous type of cloth! This would also be more convenient for those oddly shaped type gifts that are a nightmare to wrap with paper. What is also lovely about this idea is that the cloth can be reused, whether it be to wrap another gift or to be used as something around the house. Definitely a unique way of wrapping a gift. There are many ways to wrap a gift in cloth, you can find tutorials on Youtube and Pinterest.

Brown wrapping paper

This one pretty much speaks for itself! I think this would be a more obvious route for a more environmentally friendly approach to wrapping Christmas gifts. There is just something so pure about wrapping a gift in brown paper and adding some ribbons with leaves from your garden.


Does anyone else’s mom have a cupboard where she stacks newspaper? I swear, we have newspapers sitting there from before I was born! This is the perfect time to make use of all of that newspaper and if you’re like me and have an abundance of newspaper sitting around, its also the most adorable and inexpensive route to go. 

Printable Christmas tags

If you haven’t noticed already, I get all my inspiration from Pinterest. It honestly is the best platform for any and all ideas you have. They also have a huge variety of free printable Christmas cards, you can get them printed and its another way to save money and the environment or you could even make your own, I like to use canva.com when designing my own little things!

I know that having such a minimal look when wrapping gifts isn’t usually tradition but they can be personalised and spruced up in so many ways, from gift tags to ribbon, drawings, leaves, acorns. It really can be so beautiful and just as much fun to do. I hope you are now inspired, like me to be a bit more cautious when deciding on buying wrapping paper. Our environment can’t protect itself, thats why it’s up to us. Tag me on instagram if you decide to try any of these out! 

Have a safe and merry season! 

Disclaimer: The images that have been used in this blog post have been sourced from Pinterest.