Holiday ornaments are also a great gift topper,
she says. Or if you’re traveling and want a gift
that packs flat, as opposed to something with a
bow, try making a sort of “belly band” of some
interesting leftover wallpaper or wrapping paper
for a pretty and less-bulky gift-wrapping solution.
Decorative washi tape, which comes in a wide
range of patterns and colors, is another trendy
alternative to ribbon.
Masking paper, which is typically green, is
another good alternative to wrapping paper. “It’s
what painters typically spread across the floor
before they start painting,” explains Panos. You
can buy rolls of it at a hardware store, and ``it
looks amazing with a bright red ribbon around it.”
To save on gift tags, Panos suggests using
pretty scraps of leftover paper, or writing
directly on the package. She recommends
that gift recipients save whatever ribbons or
wrapping paper can be salvaged so they can be
repurposed instead of ending up in a landfill.