It’s present wrapping week in our house right now, which means most available flat surfaces are covered in paper and tape. We’re re-using plenty, but I do wish I thought about it a bit further in advance and avoided using so much paper.
A better, and infinitely classier to wrap a present it to do it Japanese style and tie it in a silk handkerchief. As you might expect from a Japanese art, it’s neat, formal and precise, but it’s not so advanced that you need years of practice to have a go. You don’t have to use silk either. Any attractive cloth, tea towel or napkin will do.
There are techniques for wrapping different shaped objects, and you can download instructions from the Japanese ministry of the environment. You could even print off the instructions and include a copy with the present, so that the recipient will know how to re-use your wrapping for someone else – preferably you of course.