For example: For Halloween treats last year I had some small gift bags and I printed out a pumpkin, a black cat and a ghost and decorated the bag. Stuff the treats in them and the kids loved them.
By Cristelle from Columbia, SC
A friend of mine gave me an idea recently. I have to admit, I'm not sure why I have never thought of it before then. It was her birthday and I took her a gift. When she had taken the gift out of the gift bag, she handed it back to me and told me to keep the bag and reuse it. What a great idea! You can keep any gift bags in which you receive gifts as well.
By Robin from Washington, IA
On the HGTV site, there is instruction about how to make a gift bag out of an envelope. I tried this and it is easy and very attractive.
With this or used bags, I often add embellishments, and ribbon or string handles. (12/21/2005)
By the Oracle
Save gift bags you receive and reuse them for gifts you give.
Instead of using tissue paper, use shredded paper from the office or home to fill the bags and protect the gift.
Encourage the recipient of the gift to recycle the shredded paper also.
By Laura from Long Beach, CA
Do you throw away party bags that you receive gifts in? Save them and reuse them. Did you get one and now it's ripped or has writing on it? Cut the bag apart and save the section of paper that is still good and use it as wrapping paper! It is heavy duty, folds up easily in your wrapping paper storage box and will save a tree and another trip to the store!
By Adrienne from Cleveland, OH
My daughter said to me one time. "Won't they know that paper is from that store?" Yeah but it looks nice and we recycled. (06/11/2008)