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#ygkChallenge: Gift Wrap

gift wrapWelcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. Consider this your official and personal invitation to join us in completing a small but meaningful achievement. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston a slightly better place to live, work and play. And of course, we also hope that you will feel proud of your contribution and achievement.

This week’s challenge encourages you to:

(Re)use alternative holiday gift wrap. Growing up, one of the annual holiday traditions in our household involved creating gift wrap from recycled newspaper and magazines, as well as designing our very own cards and gift tags.  I’m sure this busy work was also designed to save Mom and Dad’s sanity for a few hours.  Nowadays, my wife and I prefer to use reusable gift bags, but we still wrap a few items that we send via snail mail.  Whether you want to save a few bucks, keep the kids busy, reduce the amount of time spent wrapping, or do something good for the environment, alternative gift wrap has it’s benefits.

Sign up and commit to completing this week’s challenge by commenting below with an “I’m in“, “challenge accepted“, “en garde” or something along those lines. Further, help us spread the word via Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag: #ygkchallenge. As you work towards completing this week’s task, please feel free to lend others a helping hand by providing tips on how you achieved success.

Thanks to Heart for Japan for today’s photo.

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Harvey Kirkpatrick

Harvey Kirkpatrick is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. His features curiously explore urban planning, what if scenarios, the local food scene and notable Kingstonians. Loves playing tourist and listening to rap music. Learn more about Harvey...

2 thoughts on “#ygkChallenge: Gift Wrap

  • December 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm
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    I sewed gift bags of all sizes out of remnant velvet 15 years ago. We use ribbon to tie the bags, and reuse the ribbon (tie it loosely!). Gift tags are made from old Christmas cards (the cheerful fronts make for nice gift tags). All stocking gifts are wrapped in newspaper and recycled. We have no waste at all from Christmas wrapping. I wish others would do the same…

  • December 27, 2011 at 11:02 am
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    The Girlfriend and I were talking about this a couple days ago. We're looking at doing the Japanese Furoshiki thing next year.

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