I have been buying some scarves from the thrift store. I plan on using them to wrap gifts furoshiki style. They also had some fabric that I can cut to use for Christmas wrap, I even found a flannel sheet in great shape that I can cut down and that will wrap a lot of things
We inevitably receive a lot of holiday cards every year. So, I cut the pretty front covers off and turn them into holiday postcards for the next year. That way I don’t contribute to the industry by buying new cards every year, the cards that have already been bought by someone else get double the use, and I still get to reach out to some dear friends. I either compost or recycle the bottoms.
It’s not perfect, but since we get the cards anyway, it’s a way to waste a little less. The only trick is not to send the postcard front to the same person who sent it to you as a card!
An alternative to the chocolate advent calendar (coveted by children, but comes with a large piece of plastic, and often mediocre chocolate), could be an embroidered hanging advent calendar (common in Scandinavia) where you fill the pockets with treats, and it becomes a yearly tradition.
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