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Reusable Gift Wrap Ideas

While very pretty, wrapping paper can be costly and is generally only used once. An alternative to the traditional gift paper is to wrap your gift in a reusable item such as a cloth tote, a baby blanket, or a flower pot; you get the idea. This is a guide about reusable gift wrap ideas.

Reusable Gift Wrap Ideas, Decorated flower pot as gift container.
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August 18, 2009 Flag
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I am really excited about this one and wanted to share this with my Thrifty Fun Family!

I have never heard of Furoshiki before and this is the absolute coolest! Not only is it a green way to wrap gifts (the cloth itself being an extra gift), but it can also be used as a purse/carrying case!

The tutorial says to use a piece of square fabric, but you can mold/fold even a rectangular piece in to a square. Hope you get as excited about this as me :-)

The first link is a video tutorial, the second link is a PDF file that gives several other gift item wrapping instructions and the third link is the history of Furoshiki

Source: A girlfriend sent me the video and I googled more about Furoshiki. Here's the video:

By Deeli from Richland, WA

Editor's Note: Two of the links did not work, so we have included a Wikipedia entry on Furoshiki


December 14, 2010 Flag
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I've been collecting inexpensive cloth tote bags for gifts. I buy these tote bags at grocery stores and thrift shops. They cost $1 or $2. I put birthday and Christmas gifts inside the reusable tote, instead of a gift bag or wrapping paper. I'm saving money, recycling, and the recipient gets a handy cloth or recycled tote bag. I've picked up some really nifty tote bags over the summer.

By RuralAngel from Dover, DE

December 20, 2013 Flag
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I love the holidays, but I really don't like wrapping gifts and bags can get expensive to buy.

Reusable gift bag.

December 27, 2010 Flag

You can use gift bags not directly related to the occasion with some ingenuity. I cut out candy images from an advertising mailing and put them on non-Christmas bags to make them more festive.


September 17, 2009 Flag

My daughter in law has been going through the granddaughter's toys and arranging them by type, like Barbie's, etc. She purchased some plastic bins of different sizes for this task.

January 15, 2007 Flag
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Give your gifts in this huge wow factor container.



  1. Cover the container with contact paper to eliminate any label. Alternatively, spray or craft paint the container and let dry.
  2. Starting at the top edge of the container (not inside), hot glue the long strand of leaves working in a downward spiral direction.
  3. Hot glue an arrangement of artificial leaves and flowers near the top of the container. Hide wires with single leaves.
  4. Working in a downward spiral direction, hot glue another arrangement of items on the container.
  5. Repeat until you reach the bottom of the container. There should be only 3 or 4 arrangements depending on the container size.
  6. Hot glue an arrangement on the lid, including a focal piece such as a bird.
Voila! So impressive. NOTE: This craft can be designed with a theme in mind. Example: use red and pink items and hearts for Valentine's Day, or autumn leaves and dried grasses for Thanksgiving time.

By Pretty cheap jewelry from California

July 26, 2010 Flag
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Sustainable, reusable shopping bags, that all stores now offer with their logo, make great and very reasonable gift bags. The grocery bag costs $2.00 or less, decorator gift bags can cost as much as $7.00 to $10.00. The best part is the grocery bag can be reused many more time than paper. The proposed tax on traditional paper or plastic grocery bags makes this gift idea even more economical.

Source:My own idea. It started out as a joke with a Good Will bag for my sister's birthday.

By bgd48 from WI


Use Reusable Grocery Bag As A Gift Bag

I've actually done this myself, it's a great idea and everyone needs reusable bags! :) Thanks for sharing (06/11/2009)

By freya1970

Use Reusable Grocery Bag as a Gift Bag

I have done this several times. First time was when I bought a baby gift at BabysRUs and saw their reuseable bag. Bought the bag and put the gift in it and gave it to the new mother at the shower. I told my daughter and she's done it also since then. Great at a wedding shower too.

Target's bags are really pretty. Makes a lot of sense and saves money to boot. (06/20/2010)

By MsPatricia

Use Reusable Grocery Bag as a Gift Bag

I have done this for years, first with the paper and now with the plastic. If I don't care for the logo, I make something fitting and glue it on. Looks better than bought! (06/20/2010)

By Toebeanie

Use Reusable Grocery Bag as a Gift Bag

Great Idea! I've been making my own reuseable grocery bags from crocheting, making some out of Tshirts and other things which would normally be given away or tossed. Your idea has given me a way to share what I am making. Two gifts for one! (06/20/2010)

By deethundercloud

Use Reusable Grocery Bag as a Gift Bag

deethundercloud, making and gifting Reusable shopping bags is a great idea!

By Mara

Use Reusable Grocery Bag as a Gift Bag

This is a great idea. I am a reuser at heart; can't believe I never thought of this. Especially good if you are bringing groceries to someone's home to cook or bake something for them. (06/20/2010)

By mtgmom

Use Reusable Grocery Bag as a Gift Bag

I can't claim to have done this before, but wish I had thought of it and I will do it now because it is a fab idea! (06/20/2010)

By mrs christmas

Use Reusable Grocery Bag as a Gift Bag

"Great mind's think alike" ; ) I'm been doing this myself for sometime. Perhaps others will catch on as well. Nice to see it posted. (06/20/2010)

By Snowflake01

Use Reusable Grocery Bag as a Gift Bag

Great idea! I have begun to see some stores don't have their actual logo on the cheaper bags. Gonna do this one! (06/20/2010)

By Shelyn

Use Reusable Grocery Bag as a Gift Bag

Such a good idea. I will definitely use this tip! Actually, I quit buying the gift bags last year. I started buying the clearance tote bags and started putting the gifts in those. They can be reused and are great for picnics, overnight bags, book bags or whatever and cost the same as a gift bag. I hated paying $5-10 for gift bags, using them once and having them thrown away. This store bags are an even better idea. (06/20/2010)

By ericalynn

Use Reusable Grocery Bag as a Gift Bag

Three thumbs up. Thank's for posting this great idea. (06/20/2010)

By PamelaW

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August 18, 2009 Flag
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Have you ever heard of a "furoshiki"? Basically it is a square of soft fabric - like a large bandanna - that can be used in many ways for carrying items.

December 20, 2010 Flag
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Why buy packaging boxes for money? Instead of throwing away packaging boxes, I save them for use in gift wrapping any items that need boxes.

December 14, 2010 Flag
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Instead of investing in paper gift bags, that are usually used one time, I purchase re-usable totes from various stores!

February 16, 2010 Flag
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s I am not a gift wrapper, I usually buy my Christmas gift bags from the Dollar Store, and of course they are $1.00 each.

December 21, 2009 Flag
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Instead of using wrapping paper or paper gift bags I use reusable grocery tote bags. I watch for bags which do not have printed advertisements on them.

November 16, 2009 Flag
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For Christmas gift wrapping this year, I purchased some of the recycle bags that stores are selling now, canvas and usually green, the cost is usually a dollar.

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