1. Tea towels Furoshiki-style wrapping is a breeze, and flour sack tea towels make a great wrap. They're lightweight, durable, and reusable. And, they make a nice little gift addition!
2. Paper grocery bags Whether you turn them inside out, or use the cuter ones with their prints showing (many stores offer holiday-themed paper bags beginning around Thanksgiving), paper bags make for great gift wrap. Take the whole look rustic by adding a twine bow.
3. Cardboard food and drink boxes Cereal boxes, cracker boxes, and the like can make for interesting gift-giving vehicles; last year, though, I found inspiration in the beer aisle. Christmas ales offer creative yuletide packaging, and cut up the boxes to make fun little gift tags.
4. Foil or parchment paper Aluminum foil is bright and shiny, and if you're gifting homemade treats, eco-friendy parchment paper can be gussied up with just a little bow.
5. Glass containers Put homemade or local treats in reusable glass containers, or Mason jars, instead of holiday-themed party ware; the recipient can use it year-round!