This holiday season, stop wasting money on wrapping paper, boxes, gift bags, gift tags and ribbon to wrap a gift. While those things can be quite beautiful, they end up in the trash at the end of your holiday festivities. This year, surprise your friends and family by packaging gifts inside of useful containers, boxes, throw blankets, bags and baskets. Create your own gift tags by trimming images and messages from the previous year’s cards you’ve received. Here are some creative, eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas:

May your gifts be well-received and your holidays be blessed with health, joy and peace!

Yours in Gift-Giving Delight,

Crystal Intini-Alperin

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