Gift Wrapping

It is official – this is my last post of November and then we roll into December, and folks, things get serious!

While I hope to have my shopping done as soon as possible so that I can simply enjoy people watching on my occasional trip to the mall, it is the baking I am most excited for. Sugar cookies, ginger snaps, lime meltaways, gingerbread men and my famous cinnamon cookies will fill every tin I can find. If you have any tips as to how to keep my Christmas baking green, please share!

In the meantime, this week’s theme is gift wrapping. Let’s break this common holiday practice down: we wrap our gifts in coloured paper, excitedly tear the paper off and finally throw the paper away. This might be a little unfair. My best friend and her family wrap their gifts in beautifully matched paper with ribbons and bows. In fact, I can remember being nervous opening my gifts from her over the years because the wrapping job was really more of a work of art. Her family certainly does a lot more than wrap a gift and coloured paper only to throw it away and maybe your’s does too. When you look at the bare bones of it all though, it is quite a wasteful practice.

So what are the alternatives?

Recently I have noticed gift card boxes for sale. Ranging in price from $1.69 (Michael’s) to about $2.99 (Shopper’s Drug Mart), you can purchase a little metal box with a spot to hold a gift card. The boxes I have seen are brightly coloured with something festive on the front whether it be a snowman, Santa, snowflakes or ornaments. There seems to be something for everyone, whether you celebrate Christmas or not. So if you are going the experiential route and purchasing a gift card, this is definitely an option.

Start saving up your newspapers! Why not wrap your holiday gifts in the Saturday comics? You could get extra creative and wrap gifts in a section of the newspaper that the gift recipient might actually be interested in. However, I recommend using caution if you go this route. Newpaper ink does leak so make sure the gift is in a box or something that will shield it from the ink.

Fabric. I personally think this is one of the better alternatives. Wrap your gifts in festive fabric as you would with wrapping paper. You can use the same bows and decorations that you would otherwise but at the end of it all, you can fold up the fabric, roll up the ribbons and reuse it all the following year. If you are not super into wrapping then cloth or fabric and drawstring bags are always an option as well. If you fold the fabric down small enough (ironing it a bit might help) then it will not require much storage space.

Have another or perhaps better idea? Share it below!

This week’s hot gift? If you know me, you might want to sit down for this. This week’s hot gift is the e-reader. I spent my entire time at SFU studying and learning about e-reader technology, watching and predicting the changes and upgrades, and simultaneously hating the devices. I’m traditional and I like the smell of books and the feeling of the paper on my finger tips. However, for the sake of saving space and avoiding library waitlists for new books, I finally put the Kobo Mini on my wishlist and happen to know that Santa will deliver. Cyper Monday has some good deals on e-readers so do your research, pick the device that best suits your needs and get it on sale!

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