Wrapping paper can boost the presentation factor (if I'm not doing the wrapping), but it's also wasteful. It's often expensive, and it takes time to use it properly. Instead, make the wrapping part of your gift. It saves time and energy, and it adds something special to your present.
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Photographer Kim Lucian writes at Apartment Therapy:
Wrap kitchen goodies or treats in a cute patterned dishtowel. Another take on this would be to wrap spa treats in a pretty hand towel or gifts for baby in a swaddling blanket.
You can also use a soft, comfy blanket to wrap your baby gifts, or a basket for essential oil gifts. Mason jars also make for great reusable containers. Furoshiki shares some useful techniques on how to wrap things in towels.
Whatever the gift, try to think of an alternative way to cover it up to keep it a surprise for the recipient of your gift. It will make the gift stand out, save you time and keep paper out of landfills.
Gift "Wrap" That They Really Won't Throw Out [Apartment Therapy]