The Eco-Friendly Guide to Christmas Wrapping

On average, we are expected to throw out 108 million rolls of wrapping paper every Christmas in Britain alone. That’s a lot of waste.

But did you know, most wrapping paper isn’t actually recyclable? If it contains any dye, foil, plastic, glitter or even leftover sticky tape, it goes straight into landfill.

Thankfully, Give as you Live is on-hand with eco-friendly wrapping ideas to make your Christmas gift-giving planet-friendly.

Theme: Festive but simple

Not only is Brown Paper cheap, it’s easy to make look good with some simple craft ideas.

Use cute stencils, like these from Hobbycraft, or stamps, like these, to make each gift unique. Then swap ribbon for coloured twines, like this and add your gift tag! If you shopped for your gift using Give as you Live Online, use one of our gift tags to let your recipient know their gift raised a free donation!

Even better, you can buy everything you need online without spending a lot, and raise FREE donations for the charity of your choice by shopping with Give as you Live Online.

Theme: Modern

If you prefer something a little more modern, why not swap stamps for stars to create this beautiful design?

Swap out your coloured twine for some white string (this one from eBay is £2.20 for 5 metres) and use a craft punch to create the stars – or any other Christmas shape! (Hobbycraft has Christmas tree, snowflake and holly craft punches priced at less than £5 here.) You could use plain card for the stars, or why not recycle some old wrapping paper, magazines or newspaper for a unique look?

Theme: Reusable

When you give a gift in a gift bag or box, as soon as the gift has been removed they’re usually thrown away.

Did you know, you can buy reusable fabric gift bags? Even better, you can get them in a wide range of festive prints! Check out these examples on Etsy. Even better, when you shop via Give as you Live Online you’ll raise a free donation for a charity of your choice as well as supporting a small business.

Theme: Regular but Recycled

If you’re not a fan of the extra effort required to create your own wrap (we don’t blame you – wrapping presents is bad enough as it is!) we have good news! There are options for more eco-friendly wrapping paper with minimal effort. Take a look at these:

Theme: A Greener Christmas

Christmas is a time for giving, but single-use plastics can also make it a time for waste. This year, the RSPB have reduced plastic and found sustainable alternatives, so you can find nature-friendly gifts and greetings that will protect natural resources, reduce environmental impact and directly help the wildlife you love.

Even better, when you shop the RSPB shop online, as well as directly benefitting their conservation work, you can also raise a donation for the charity of your choice using Give as you Live Online.

What is Give as you Live Online?

When you click our links or go via our website or app before you shop online you generate a donation for the charity of your choice. We are paid a fee for every transaction completed online that comes from one of our links, and we turn that fee into a donation and pay it to the charity you select, for FREE! It costs absolutely nothing to sign-up for an account (and it only takes 2 minutes), and you won’t pay a single penny more than the total of your basket when you shop.

Plus, you can keep track of how much you’re raising in your account, and earn free bonus donations just for shopping regularly via us.