Sustainable Gift Wrapping Options


Cindy here! The countdown has begun, gingerbread has been baked, my coconut eggnog is in hand and gifts are piled up in the closet ready to be wrapped...I wish. In reality, half of my gifts are still being shipped (my fault for ordering late), and the others have been neglected and piled in the basement for weeks. I've had no time to bake, and eggnog may or may not be spiked...
Regardless of where you stand in your holiday preparations, I have a few fabulous and sustainable gift wrapping alternatives for you!   


Linen and Canvas Gift Bags

Reusable gift bags are my go-to. They can be reused for just about anything, including bread bags! Our new gift bags are made of an Organic 50/50 blend of Flax Linen and Hemp for the perfect texture and softness. They can be used repeatedly for bulk food purchases, storing small toys, or regifting without waste! 

Wrapped In A Tea Towel

Wrapping with a Tea Towel is basically two gifts in one. This works great for wine bottles, cutting boards and cookbooks!

Bonus | When wrapping a cookbook, bookmark your favourite recipe with a note for an extra personalized touch! 

Wrapped In A Sponge Cloth

Another two for one. Beyond wrapping a wine bottle, you can also wrap a set of makeup brushes in a Sponge Cloth for the beauty lover, a bottle of fancy olive oil for the cook, paintbrushes for the artist or even a tin of loose-leaf tea. This makes an awesome stocking stuffer as well! 

Wrapped With A Scarf | New or Vintage

Just like wrapping with a Tea Towel, this is a gift that keeps on giving. This works especially well for boxed clothing items like sweaters or gloves.

Kraft Paper + Bags

Kraft paper is the way to go if you'd like to stick to traditional wrapping. It is not chemically treated and is recyclable, compostable and biodegradable! 

Your Childs Art Work

If you decide to wrap with kraft paper, you can have your child draw on the wrapping paper or bags. This is such a sweet touch to any gift, and I'm sure your family members (especially grandma and pa) would love this!

Gift Bags from Previous Years

I am a gift bag hoarder. I hate having to buy gift bags (not as much as I hate buying gift wrap), and I save as many bags as I can get my hands on. I sometimes even ask for the bag back if it's being gifted to my sister or boyfriend. I have absolutely no shame in my sustainability game and try to avoid new and decorative bags as much as possible. Keep reading for more alternatives to help elevate your sustainable gift wrapping. 

Tape Alternatives

Standard sticky tape is not recyclable and must be removed from anything that can be recycled. It is not biodegradable and, just like most things, ends up in our landfills...forever. Here are a few great alternatives to traditional tape. 

String, Twine and Reused Ribbon 

Swap out the tape entirely when possible, and give a more sustainable option a try. I try to reuse as much ribbon from previous packages and gifts as possible, but sometimes the ribbon may be too short, and I will use string or hemp-twine instead. This can easily be found online or at your local craft store. 

Cellulose Tape

Cellulose is completely biodegradable (like our Sponge Cloths) and an incredible tape alternative.  

Kraft Paper Tape

This is another excellent tape alternative but works better on boxes as it is water activated. It can be recycled while still on the box, is 100% biodegradable and repulpable!

Add a Little Spice

Believe me, I know we may not all have time to do this. I may not have the chance to add a little spice myself. But if you would like to add a little extra something to your gifts, here are a few options I'm hoping to try out!

Handmade Tags

Skip the sticker tags and cut a few stars and snowflakes out of any extra kraft paper you may have left. Even if your lines aren't straight and it may not look "perfect", this takes extra work that will not go unnoticed! 

Fallen Twigs and Branches

Because we love forging all year round! This is my personal favourite touch and a great activity for the kiddies! 

Take a walk through your backyard or a nearby park and collect any fallen leaves, pines or acorns you can find. Give them a good shake and secure them to your package with twine. This looks so incredibly fancy and is totally free + sustainable! 

Dried Citrus 

Lemons, limes and oranges! 

  1. Slice oranges around 1/8″ thick. Cloves are optional but add a little extra spice.
  2. Blot with a sponge cloth to remove excess juice.
  3. Place onto baking sheets.
  4. Bake at 200° for about 2 hours, flipping every 30 minutes. I bake mine until the edges start to brown slightly.
  5. Let cool & secure to your package with ribbon or twine.

 I hope we've inspired you to switch up your wrapping game this year! We would love to see how you use your Sponge Cloths or Tea Towels to wrap so be sure to tag us or #MyTenAndCo ! 


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