Holiday Bag Freebie! 17 winners!

Let's have a little chat about wrapping presents. Yes, I know it is fun to rip open paper, but it is even more fun to reuse wrappings over and over again. I try to wrap everything in a reusable bag, gift wrap bag or something like a handy dish towel. Try it! Give yourself a challenge to reduce your holiday waste this year.

We would like to help you out! How about 2 fun holiday bags? We have 34 bags to give away…
 17 of you will get a set of 2. Use them for shopping, then use them for wrapping! Easy!
There is even a great tutorial that Flossie Teacakes did about using Green Bag Lady bags for wrapping. She did such a great job making them look adorable! Check it out. Here are 2 other simple gift wrap tutorials:

Gift Wrap Bag
Quick Gift Wrap

To enter this freebie:

•LEAVE A COMMENT, IN THE COMMENT LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THIS FORMAT: name(at)something(dot)com it is important to spell out DOT and AT so you don't get spam, if you DO NOT leave an email address, you will not be entered in the freebie.

•In your comment tell us how you would like to reduce waste this holiday season.

•DEADLINE FOR THE FREEBIE IS 9pm(CST) Thursday, Dec 13, 2012. (winners will be posted here and notified by email no later than Dec 14)

Don't forget to leave us your email!

We will ship internationally. Winners will be chosen at random.

Thanks to all of you for entering! Good luck! Teresa

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Anonymous said...

I've reused tissue paper from a gift I was given to wrap some presents and I still have paper from a few years ago I am using :)

silverpromidi at promidi dot com dot au

iller3257 said...

I would like to reduce waste by wrapping my gifts in t-shirts and scarves or brown paper bags!
iller3257 at gmail dot com

Carole K. said...


Who needs more stuff from the mall to clutter up your home even more? Give gifts of donations to the recipient's favorite charity (ies). No waste at all, only good will to share with others who have desperate need.

Michele R. said...

I'm using newspaper that's been collecting dust in my living room all year to wrap the gifts!

kudra1978 at aol dot com

Hope I win!

jbp said...

Re-use pretty boxes instead of wrapping presents and throwing away paper.
jbpitcher at hot mail dot com

Emilia said...

Handmade gifts don't come with all that plastic packaging. Give handmade, with recycled and innovative wrapping: brown paper bags painted (although i don't have many cuz i bring my.bags to the store! Wee hoo), fabric cuts, ribbon.... Yay!

Eva said...

Наталия Балабанчук said...

Teresa, you are incredibly generous! Do you think I can still join your freebie even if I have your most wonderful bags already? If so, my e-mail is sistercraft (at) mail (dot)ru .Natasha

Unknown said...

I wrap my presents with newspapers and decorating them with velvet ribbon for great contrast!!

I would love one of these fabulous bags!!


Joanna-Gloria said...

I re-use wrapping papers in good condition and also use inexpensive decorative little boxes for my jewellery
I adore your bags, I wish I am lucky this time

Joanna-Gloria, yana_ven(at)yahoo(dot)gr

Zaharoula said...

These bags are fantastic, so generous of you!!
I try to re-use old papers and come up with other wrapping ideas, like fabric...

Zaharoula, zahtoc(at)yahoo(dot)gr

Kira Tsvetyukha said...

New Year's Day brings with it a lot of trash - is packaging of products, from gifts, short-lived, one-off Christmas decorations and toys ... It's terrible and it's very much! To reduce this waste, I buy and use a long-lasting, durable, holiday decorations and toys to use them many times and for many years, I'm setting an artificial Christmas tree - natural tree let grows and joy in the woods. From the beautiful packaging after gifts and products you can creatively make a decent holiday decorations and toys that are no worse than if you buy them in a store! I'd like a bag which painted houses in the village!
Teresa, your father and your followers - Happy New Year's holiday! I wish you peace and good!

Unknown said...

I pack gifts with paper and ribbons! Still sticking with my daughter magazine clippings with Christmas symbols!lub.nurutdinova(at)yahoo(dot)com

Unknown said...

I have already received a bag and I have to tell all of you that it does get you thinking about our environment so thank you so much..
Merry Christmas!

JLVerde said...

My spouse has rolls and rolls of architectural drawings that we use as wrapping paper.

I also like to use homemade items, like christmas stockings, as wrapping.


Anonymous said...

Hello! I want to help the world around them! I always rent trash and bottles that would make our world a cleaner! aleksandr.golishenko @

Anonymous said...

I like to use re-useable items as gifts wrap, such as baby blankets for baby gifts, aprons for hostess gifts, etc. Better then using wrapping that will be thrown away.


Anonymous said...

Good day!

Can themselves make paper bags and paint them. In my opinion, a great package

sjhackney said...

I reuse the same gift bags for a few years. I made small kitchen gift baskets for my daughters and wrapped them in a flour sack dishtowel. So cute and useful!

Sally Hackney

Lee said...

We are composting! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Holidays are coming soon and all of us have great plans for it! This time our company (my friends and I), decided to celebrate Christmas somethere outside the city, just to rest from all that loud noise and be close to nature. In order to reduce whaste, we wouldn't use the cutted down fur-tree,we would dress the real Christmas tree in the forest with toys that we would bring with us. Besides we reject using plastic dishes for our New Year meal,we will take glasses and plates with us)

Maria said...

Everyone I know needs bags! They see your bags and ask me for them! I've made 3 (well, mine were ugly) and I've given away one of the ones I won from you! The gift that keeps on giving!

For less Christmas waste:
Make linen napkins for the holidays!!! You'll go through a lot of napkins, so make them fabric!

Sbc global

seanote said...

We dont buy hardly any gifts... we give our time to see moms we dont get to see very often, to charties or dinner, experience like wine tasting.. you know taking out someone who doesnt go out much.. well that experience is worth more than anything else.. I am working on educating people on using reusable gift wraps& have everyone buy less stuff. Ask them what they want so you dont buy something that goes in the trash or something like that will help reduce waster too.. no more paper and i am out to get all plastic bags banned not just grocery stores although its a place to start.. just kills me everytime I see people walking out of a store with one.. with 1 item..sea.note.connie(at)gmail(dot)com

vicki p said...

I like to recycle gift wrap, and bows.

Melissa Graham said...

We always try to reuse our gift bags. I even buy special bags to wrap the kids presents in that they can later use for holding books or other things in the car and such. Thanks for sharing the beautiful bags with all of us. Those snowmen are just too cute.

melsdaisypatch at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

We give gift cards or reuse gift bags. We have also wrapped gifts in brown paper bags.


Darlene said...

I usually make all my own gifts, so wrapping them in recycled items goes right with that. I reuse the tissue paper and wrappings others have given me. I always wrap children gifts in prettified newspaper and comic pages. As a Sunday school teacher, I really like the idea of saving the planet.
Wrapping things in tea towels and cloth bags is a great idea.

Sorok said...

Thank you. Good luck to all!

xXHipsterLadyWhoLovesQueenXx said...

I make my families gifts all eco-friendly, I wrap them in recycled paper grocery bags, and draw cute designs on them! They love it so must, they hand the used paper on their walls!

Anonymous said...

Using old shoe boxes or newspaper (comics, fun advertisements, etc) instead of wrapping paper.

emlouy(at)gmail(dot)com Thanks!

Sue Haebig said...

Each time I have given a gift wrapped in cloth (yes, I have done this with one of the Green Bag Lady bags), the recipient says "what a cool idea." And so the inspiration spreads.

Thank you for another opportunity!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for another chance to win!

Everyday I look at people who take a lot of plastic bags in shops. And I know they just throw it away if they don't need even one of them.

I hope to reuse some paper for new year's gifts. And I'll try to insist on using one fabric bag instead of plastic bags when shopping.


Unknown said...

I usually use long lasting decorations for few years and for present packaging use newspapers and ribbons and also have decorative paper from gifts, what we got last years
my e-mail jelena(dot)laine(at)gmail(dot)com

Helen said...

I would like to reduce waste this holiday by wrapping my gifts in newspaper. I've done this before and it actually looks really good!

h373n89(at)gmail(dot)com said...

Hello! With coming holidays of all! Simply excellent idea of use of bags as packing! ! ! And I practically never throw out beautiful packings from the various bought things. And therefore for any holiday I always have materials and ideas for beautiful and interesting registration of gifts for the relatives! Pleasant rest to you! ! !

Rhonda D. said...

I have been using the same gift bags for years.


Melody said...

I am making bags of materials I have around the house.

mkjacquot (@) gmail (dot) com

JoAnn P said...

I use tissue paper and bags from past birthdays or Christmas. I wrap in newspaper also.

Carolyn said...

I have re-used wrapping paper and tissue paper to the point of ironing it. Reusable bags are even better.
carriemak at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

I LOVE using newspaper and magazines as gift wrap! No two are the same :) And the heaviness of magazine paper is even thicker than expensive gift wrap at stores. I also use burlap to wrap and burlap twine as ribbon. Stick a nice pine tree mini branch in the ribbon and you're good to go!

Shawna said...

I would like waste to be reduced this holiday season by composting all of the real Christmas trees.

Thanks for the chance for a holiday bag!


Carla G said...

I like to reuse gift bags year after year and give handmade gifts & wrap them in a reusable shopping bag that i made. Thanks for a chance to win! :)
bcgeates at netbistro dot com

krisgray said...

My mom and I reuse lots of gift bags for the holidays. Bags are so much easier than wrapping paper.
Kris -- krisgray(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

What lovely bags! In this house we try to re-use wrapping paper and gift boxes from earlier years. And also use wrapping paper which is re-usable.

Anonymous said...
You do a great deal by making these eco-bags and distributing them among people. I wish more people do something useful and kind like you, it is really great!!! You inspire me for making my own fabric bag! I am eco-oriented women, I try to minimize using of plastic bags and boxes, I buy and eat raw and natural products made by regional farmers, I don't buy ready-made food for my baby and continue breastfeeding as long as I could. I prefer clothes, toys and furniture made of natural materials - wood, silk, cotton and wool. I wish you all the best, be happy and live long interesting life! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Handmade things have SOUL - a peace of that who made them... they have positive energy. You and your father - you are good people, thank you for what you do for the world's nature.

Anonymous said...
Who needs more stuff from
the mall to clutter up your
home even more? Give gifts of
donations to the recipient's
favorite charity (ies). No waste
at all, only good will to share
with others who have
desperate need.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said... Love your bag) It's obvious that they are made with love and kindness from my heart :)

Elena said...

This year my son and pack small gifts in reusable and very original packaging. This prefabricated Christmas balls, consisting of two halves. The ball is placed inside a small gift. When the gift of this package get, the ball hung on the Christmas tree and Christmas toys will last for many years. And do not be thrown away.
Congratulations to you and your dad with Rozhdestovm and Happy New Year!
Let all the good things you have made to your return.

Anonymous said...

Russia,Chelyabinsk city, Khmelnitsky street, 38-1
Alyamkina Alina

Anonymous said...

This holiday season I want to replace plastic Christmas toys with fabric ones. It would be a great way to reduce waste.
boniyard (at) yandex (dot) com

Shanon N. said...

What a wonderful idea!! I'm into saving money why not the environment! Thank you!!

onlyadele said...

I guess I missed the drawing but I wanted to still add my idea. My idea is getting money for christmas and it eliminates the christmas gift wrapping that everyone just throws away. onlyadele at gmail dot com

Thank you.