Hopefully you’ve chosen gifts well suited for the recipient, bought them an experience, or made them something yourself. Whatever you chose for your gifts, here’s a guide to dealing with the inevitable waste from your gift exchange this year.

Before your party – set up a quick station using any kind of container to separate out what you can REUSE next holiday, what can be RECYCLED, and stuff to put into TRASH. Note: If you put everything in a big garbage bag, one bag, it WILL all end up in the trash.


  • Gift bags
  • Ribbons & Bows
  • Gift boxes that flatten for storage
  • Cloth wrapping or bags
  • Wrapping paper you really like
  • Tissue paper in good shape




  • Wrapping paper (except the kind that’s plastic foil)
  • Flattened cardboard
  • Paperboard packaging
  • Paper holiday cards
  • Ripped paper gift bags



  • Plastic packaging on toys, electronics, etc.
  • Foil wrapping paper
  • Tissue paper you don’t want to reuse
  • Photo printed holiday cards



Curious about what to do with a specific item you have after the holidays? Ask us!

Check out our other Less Stuff, More Joy Holiday tips and ideas!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>