As the holidays approach, many of us are thinking about ways to show our loved ones that we care by buying gifts for them. And a gift wouldn't quite be the same without having been wrapped up first!
I remember celebrating Christmas as a child, seeing the beautifully wrapped gifts under the tree, taunting you with their elegant presence. You knew the ones with your name on them were for you, whatever they were, but you couldn't find out what they were until Christmas morning. Sure, deductions could be made based on size and weight, although you couldn't guarantee that your detective work was accurate until T minus 0 struck. Could it be a sweater? If so, was it a cool one or a cheesy one? Was it the newest hot toy that you really, really, REALLY wanted??
When Christmas morning came, all of that wrapping paper came off quick. It became a game in our house to get the paper into giant trash bags that my mom and dad supervised to make sure we got it all inside. The presents were revealed in all their glory! Then it was time for the real fun to begin.
Alas, the shiny, once-coveted wrapping paper was left in those trash bags, taken out to the dump to be shunned with the rest of the garbage. The paper that my Gram thoughtfully picked out, bought, folded & tucked to perfection, then taped like it was going to explode at any minute if not for the force of the scotch tape, was disregarded as if it was a bunch of old, brown banana peels.
I try not to think too much about that wrapping paper so that way it can rest in peace, as it so deserves to do. Rather, I prefer to think forward. Not that I'm biased or anything, but I love the way our gifts at Take Care Package are wrapped best of all.
We place each present you buy into an 18" x 14" sports bag. The bag is a reusable, environmentally friendly way to hide the goodies until the gift opener digs in to find them. It takes a little bit of work to find the gift because one needs to pull open the strings, so there is the benefit of anticipation, and you don't have to say goodbye to the wrapping when the gift is found. Plus, it's a gift on a gift. Who doesn't like to have an extra sports bag around, even if it's only used for grocery store trips or to store trinkets in your closet? I use it as my daily bag now, which holds must haves for both me and my 19 month old.
As the holidays approach, how are you planning to wrap your presents this year? What are your thoughts on the sports bag wrapping? Can you think of any other other sustainable ways to present gifts?