Use newspaper to wrap gifts

Gift wrapped in newspaper

Wrapping paper can be difficult to recycle and unless you are very careful opening presents, tricky to reuse. Newspaper is a cheap and convenient alternative.

227,000 miles of wrapping paper is thrown away in the UK each year.



  • Trendy and quirky
  • Easy to recycle
  • Cheap (and sometimes free!)


  • Only really works if you subscribe or have access to newspapers
  • Newsprint can sometimes transfer onto items
  • Gets ripped and damaged easily

Making a difference

You can also customise your gifts by choosing specific sections of the newspaper to wrap gifts with, from sports to comics!

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Photo Credit: Wan Chen