My partner Sara insists I’m a hoarder. She says it’s a sickness.
Let’s face it. It may even be a curse.
During the holidays, however, my collections of buttons and beads, bottle caps and maps (what I prefer to call “collage-ables”) provide ready-made, gift-wrapping supplies—items I recycle, in the interest of friends and family, into gift wrapping with an urban edge.
Call it an extreme sport, if you will. I call it green-giving. I call it fun.
So today I’ll share a few more photos of my green, gift-wrapping efforts. Hope you enjoy.
The package below is wrapped with an English language newspaper I brought back from New Delhi. It also incorporates popsicle sticks, recycled ribbon, beads, buttons, painters’ tape, and more.
I packaged the next present, one for my nephew, in recycled pages from a Spider Man comic book.
This gift for my mother uses the label from a large can of tomato juice as wrapping, and the ornament on top is made from paper, buttons, beads, and tabs from coke cans.
And finally, some more packages I wrapped, using recycled maps. (To read my post on gift-wrapping with maps, click here.)
The bottom line is this–
You don’t need to spend lots of money on holiday gift wrapping. Instead, reuse what you already have around the house in creative ways.
Me? I’m dreaming of a green Christmas.
strangest most creative gift wrapping you have ever used?
(Note: I will be doing more memoir posts after the holiday. If you are a new reader and you would like to look at some of my already-completed pieces about growing up with a mafia father, click here.)