Forget the shiny, garbage-pail-destined paper and opt for more sustainable wrappings this season.
1. VZ Wraps: These reusable organic cotton gift bags ($6.50-$14, depending on size) are designed to be saved and reused for years and feature color-popping designs from classic (Pointsettias) to whimsical (Christmas Critters, featuring reindeer, bunnies and peppermints). Accompanying color-coordinating ribbons are made from recycled plastic bottles. vzwraps.com
2. Of the Earth Recycled Gift Wrap: Made from the Himalayan-grown lokta bush, not trees, wrapping papers from Of the Earth ($3-$3.78/30” X 20” paper) also feature 50% recycled content. They come in muted vegetable-dyed colors or simple snowflake designs and some are available seeded with wildflowers for planting after the gift has been unwrapped.
3. Chewing the Cud Give Wraps: The 100% organic fabric Give Wraps ($16, 28” X 28”) from Chewing the Cud feature lovely, modern designs and great color combos, including oranges, grays and mustard yellows. Tie them in a festive knot and let the gift recipient decide how best to reuse them. They are printed with soy-based inks and bear the message: “Give Luck. Give Love. Give Joy.”