I think buying wrapping paper is both stupid and wasteful. There’s already a bunch of stuff lying around that can easily be repurposed in its place. Here are some things I have wrapped gifts in:
1. NYC subway maps, when they were still being printed
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2. The comics section of newspapers
3. The brown paper that comes inside Amazon boxes
4. My fist (I was delivering the gift of justice, in the parking lot of a Denny’s)
Okay so I’m joking about #4. Anyways the town of Warren, Pennsylvania has a local paper called the Times Observer, and with gift-giving season coming up, they figured out a smart way to ensure that at least one page of their newspaper would be repurposed:
Yep, no news or ads, just a cat-themed wrapping paper pattern.
I think it’s a great idea. (I’m also jaded by the internet and I wonder which “offended” group will complain more that it’s not inclusive: Those who think it shouldn’t feature Xmas iconography, or those who think it should’ve been dogs rather than cats?)