As a child, half the fun of receiving a present was the unwrapping, the anticipation of what was inside. Sometimes I’d careful peel back each piece of sticky tape not to damage the paper and other times, I’d rip it off to see what was inside as soon as possible.
Move forward 20 years and I remember watching the leftover Christmas wrapping paper and gift cards get shoved into two green garbage bags and put in the bin. What a waste! It was time to draw a line in the sand and make a change. The following Christmas I’d sewn 20 fabric bags from the size of a paperback book to one that would hold a dozen bottles of wine. Then I made gift cards with a greeting, names of the recipient and laminated them. Initially, they weren’t well received but within five years, everyone had made their own bags / cards and by the end of Christmas we’d return the bags to the owners and there was minimal wastage. The tradition continues today.
Now you can make your own bags which is easy if you have a sewing machine but you can also spruce up gifts in other ways. Here are some creative wrapping ideas.
Yep socks, preferably something a little fun and funky. These are ideal for wrapping bottles of wine. Slip the wine into one sock and then tie the other around the neck of the bottle. Looks great and practical.