With just days to go now until Christmas, there is still time to get creative with holiday gift wrapping, using materials we already have on hand or have right outside our doorstep. So often, we buy gift wrapping and boxes only to see them torn apart and thrown away quickly.

This season, try some new ideas instead. For example, turn your cereal and other dry-goods boxes inside out, re-tape them and you have a wonderful gift box. Or, turn your brown shopping bags inside out and use them as a rustic looking wrapping to which you can add fall decorations from nature.


Ideas for materials you can “up-cycle” from your household include:

• paper shopping bags

• cereal boxes

• popcorn boxes

• shoe boxes

• newsprint

• magazine pages

• burlap or kitchen twine

• doilies


Ideas for nature decorations include:

• holly

• rose hips

• pine needles

• rosemary

• fur tree branches

• berry branches

• colorful fall leaves

This is a great activity in which you can incorporate kids, encouraging them to think about what is around them that can be repurposed rather than thrown out. You will be amazed at how much you won’t have to buy.

Growing up on her family’s farm in upstate New York, Georgia developed a passion for simple farm-to table food and a deep connection to the outdoors. Having worked in the finance world after college, she decided to leave her cubicle and reconnect with her roots. After graduating from the French Culinary Institute, she began working in Michelin restaurants in New York and France, and soon started leading her renowned Adventure Getaways: excursions around the country aimed at promoting “manual literacy” and helping participants step outside of their comfort zone and experience life more viscerally. Georgia is a firm believer in empowering people to be self-sufficient, identify personal strengths and pursue their life passions.