Dealing with left over Christmas wrapping

I went for a walk yesterday and was surprised to see a roll of Christmas wrapping paper sticking out of a bin.

Christmas wrapping paper in a rubbish bin in February!

Christmas wrapping paper in a rubbish bin in February!

Obviously, being towards the end of February, I was surprised to see something Christmassy in the bin – I would have thought left over Christmas rubbish would be long gone by now!

But I was also surprised at someone throwing out a roll of wrapping paper – it seems like such a waste to me. It could easily be used to wrap presents next Christmas, so why throw it out?

Many people feel obliged to use new wrapping paper (that is, not so many reuse wrapping paper), but this was a new roll someone had put in the rubbish.

I guess if you like having all your gifts wrapped consistently each year, a small amount of one year’s paper may seem less useful for the next year. But there are other ways to use it…

  • give it to a kinder or childcare centre – they can use it as wrapping or just give it to the kids as a craft material
  • keep it as a back up in case you run out next year
  • use it for some surprise Christmas in July gifts!
  • use it in various Christmas crafts – or give it to someone crafty so they can use it
  • donate it to a charity that provides Christmas gifts to the needy – the less paper they buy, the more they have to help people in other ways
  • use it for wrapping pass the parcel items at a party
  • recycle it! Rip it up and put it in the compost, line a bird cage with it or just put it in the recycling bin (to be fair, this picture does show the roll in the recycling bin)

So what do you do with left over rolls of wrapping paper after Christmas?

Do you have any other ideas on how to use up old wrapping paper if you don’t keep it for next year’s wrapping?

5 Responses to Dealing with left over Christmas wrapping

  • clair02 says:

    These are all great tips for reusing and saving money on Christmas wrapping. I know a lot of people tend to over-spend during the holidays and most don’t even realize how much they are wasting on wrapping paper. I know I for one will put these tips to good use.

  • JoAnn says:

    I have personally always kept my left over christmas wrapping and saved it to use for the next year.

  • larryl332 says:

    This is one where I never end up remembering to think about until I am sitting there with it all in front of me. Not this year though (I say that now of course). These are all great tips though and I will have to make a note for myself to remember.

    • I am usually organised for Christmas wrapping, Larry, but I have that problem with birthday presents – all ready to go then discover I have no wrapping paper! I actually saw some large rolls on special a few months ago though so I now have a supply of birthday, plain and Christmas wrapping papers that saves a lot of mucking around.

      Good luck with remembering Christmas paper before you start wrapping this year 🙂

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