Recycle Right at Your Gift Exchange

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!

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