Wrapping Up Wedding Season: Gifting Green

Wrapping Up Wedding Season: Gifting Green

Amber Byfield
Aug 15, 2008

81508_weddinggifting.jpgThis summer happened to be a whirlwind of weddings--they came and went so quickly that we're not sure how we managed to keep up with the details. Sound familiar?

The one thing we were sure to do was keep it green. Jump below to read a few gift-giving tips.

For giving gifts, we tried to buy the most sustainable thing on the registry, and then went all eco-conscious with the wrapping.

The first thought is a gift bag: people tend to save these and re-use them. It's even better when you give a recycled one. We found 100% recycled bags at Cost Plus/Whole Earth in beautiful earthy tones.

If you can't get away from wrapping, try getting creative around the house and reusing paper bags to create the Sound of Music "Brown paper packages tied up with strings" look. Also, you can order organic and recycled paper online. We like Paporganics and Fish Lips Paper Designs

Of course, don't forget Etsy! The site is full of recycled, organic, handmade gift accessories that would add a beautiful touch to whatever you're giving. We especially like Invited Ink with their use of veggie ink, and Bombus, who's "Saving the planet through decoupage!"

And...what about skipping the gift wrap all together, and putting together a gift basket? For one engagement party, we bought a color-coordinated basket for the kitchen and stuffed it with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, coffee mugs, dish towels, and a trivet. No wrapping needed, and everything in the basket could be used and re-used.

Have any more wedding gift tips?

Photos, clockwise: Invited Ink Spring Notes notecard; Paporganics giftwrap; gift bags purchased at Cost Plus.

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