Well, the company EllaWrap.com has done just that (and they've generously sent me the 2 reuseable gift bag/wraps you see above for free to review and share with you!).
EllaWrap has designed these products to put a new eco spin on gift-giving. And given how much precious time and effort can go into knitting or crocheting that special project as a gift for someone, why not make sure it's packaged very thoughtfully to complete the presentation?
Here's my official review.
First off, I really just like the idea. We are all trying to reuse bags for all our shopping to phase out those plastic bags, right? So why not try to do the same and save on gift wrap that is usually not made of recyclable paper and used just once?
Growing up, my mother liked to be frugal - so we saved lots of assorted gift wrap, and bows.
But frankly, it was a lot of effort to make sure we didn't tear the wrapping when opening a gift, to flatten out the paper, and then to carefully peel off the tape in an attempt to leave no marks! This is not about to happen in my household now, with my little daughters attacking each wrapped item with so much zeal that we're lucky to get the paper shreds off the floor before 3 more packages worth of wrapping join it in a big heap!
The EllaWrap gift bags come in many pretty fabrics, with designs and styles to suit all kinds of different occasions.
The yellow bag shown here is made of a very pretty shade of yellow burlap with a vibrant striped grosgrain ribbon for the trim and handles.
The bag is very well made, so I can tell that it will definitely last through multiple gift givings! It would certainly make a great gift wrap for that organic cotton scarf or any hand knit or crocheted accesory or small sweater!
The other EllaWrap (called the Starburst Large Envelope) sent to me is intended for wrapping up clothing or a book. It's basically a large flat, fabric envelope that closes beautifully with a coordinated ribbon. Very classy.
All EllaWrap products come with nicely printed out gift tags and a gift journal, to encourage recipients to reuse the bags and turn it into a beautiful tradition. So warm and fuzzy!
Downsides? Well, there is always the cost. EllaWraps range from $11 to $18 or so, plus shipping. Not at all outrageous, but something to consider in your total gift giving price. HOWEVER, if the idea is to have them reused MANY times, then the cost can be amortized and considered to be quite reasonable!
The only other issue is to make sure that the gift contained in the EllaWrap is as nice as OR nicer than the bag/wrap itself! Ha ha. Well, it is a package, so the recipient should be thankful for the whole deal, right?
Anyhow, I think they are lovely and I hope they catch on, because we sure do waste a lot of gift wrap around here! Please check out their full selection at www.EllaWrap.com.
To enter this giveaway, just leave a comment by 9pm EST on October 20th, 2010. Tell us what you think of EllaWrap or what you'd put in your EllaWrap! One comment per person please.
One random commenter will be chosen at the end of October. Good luck to all!
*** AND THE WINNER IS . . . Bonnie, who commented on Oct. 13th!! ***
Congrats, Bonnie! You won the Starburst Large Envelope from EllaWrap.com. Enjoy!