I haven't purchased wrapping paper or gift bags for years. I save and reuse them.
Best case people think I'm eccentric.
Worst case they think I'm cheap.
Either way, I don't care. I hate single-use items. They're such a waste, and any opportunity to use something again - even if it wasn't meant to be used more than once - is one I will take.
We've used all sorts of things to wrap presents in the past. My girls have grown accustomed to using colored paper to wrap gifts. It was something we started years go, and the wrapped package would, then, be decorated by the gifters. It was our way of personalizing the gift just a bit more.
It's just that colored paper is expensive, and using clean sheets of paper to wrap gifts, especially considering the paper will, then, just be discarded, is no less wasteful than buying a tube of gift wrap.
But I don't buy wrapping paper or gift bags. I reuse them - or get them from free from one of the many nature conservation groups I've donated to. Unfortunately, this year, my stash of recyled paper and bags is running low, and I needed a different solution.
I don't know why I never thought of it before.
Catalogs make great wrapping paper - free, readily available, recycled, and recyclable.
Next year, I'm going to allow Precious to indulge in her incessant collecting of free newspapers that usually end up in the recylcing bin. But instead of just tossing them, I'm going to save them for use as wrapping paper - free, readily available, recycled, and recyclable.
I'm finding the holiday to be an amazing opportunity to engage in some creative thought exercises ... and how much fun is that?!