You forgot to pick up a roll of snowflake-covered paper. Again. Not to worry: we’ve got you (and the environment) covered. Here are three common household items that double as gift trimmings.

Eco-Friendly Wrapping Paper

Extra Tote Bags
Repurpose one of yours as a gift bag. Then toss the actual present inside and cover with tinsel. A gift in a gift? You’re too kind.

Spare Tea Towels
Have an extra (fancy) towel? It’s perfect for wrapping a beverage. Lay the towel flat and stand the bottle up in the center. Now draw all the ends up and secure with an elastic band. Bonus points for adorning the top with an ornament.

Road Maps
In the age of GPS, you don’t need them anyway. Fashion the maps like you would regular wrapping paper. Then take it to the next level by adding a vintage toy car.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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December 18, 2014

When a reindeer-adorned bag just won’t cut it, we’ve got a few simple hacks to help. Best Dressed Gift might not be an actual award, but we can pretend, can’t we?

Wrapping DIYs

For the Pinterest Queen
Dip a pencil eraser in white paint and dot it across brown postal paper. Just like that, you have one-of-a-kind packaging. Don’t be surprised if a photo of your handiwork ends up on her next inspiration board.

For the Wordsmith
Does she always drop obscure vocab in everyday conversation? Pull out the crossword section of your nearest newspaper and use it as wrapping paper. Tie on a pen with festive twine so she can show off her puzzle skills.

For Everyone Else
Add a last-minute wow factor to any gift in under five minutes. Grab an evergreen sprig for the traditionalist, a strip of lace from an old dress for the romantic, or a monogram letter for your preppiest friend.

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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December 17, 2014

Christmas trees are deeply rooted in tradition. Whether your home relies on a tried-and-true aesthetic or likes to mix it up each year, there are endless ways to bring a theme to life. Here, Rue Living Editorial Director Nancy outlines three trending tree styles – rustic nostalgia, coastal-inspired, and timeless glamour – and shares how to achieve each look.

Tree Styles

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November 22, 2014

The decorations are in place. The presents are purchased – well, almost. Next up? The glorious stage of wrapping. For some of us, that’s the not-so-fun part. But for our Assistant Stylist, Emma L.? It’s a beloved holiday task. She even asks other people if they need any help wrapping theirs. (I’m totally taking her up on it.)

If you’re lacking talent in the wrapping department, here are some of Emma’s tricks to adding a bit more personality to any present, even if you usually default to the gift bag.

Gift-Wrapping Tips from Rue La La

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December 18, 2013