Over the years I’ve used countless rolls of wrapping paper, ribbon and bows to adorn a gift that is meant to be a simple gesture. It seems sometimes we give the presentation more thought than the actual gift. When I really thought about the kind of waste that accumulates from our generosity, I thought this year I would take a different approach and give mother nature a gift simultaneously—the gift of reducing my carbon footprint.
By upcycling paper grocery bags and old magazines you can make your own personalized wrapping paper, and even bows if you have the crazy-awesome origami skills—still working on those—but keeping it simple never goes out of style. Another adorably-eco-chic craft project is making ornaments for your christmas tree out of things you would normally throw away like corks, or pine cones in this case. You all have unique creative instincts, so let them out of the gift box, and have yourself a very merry and upcycled holiday season!