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I also hate buying paper that will just get torn and thrown away. My mom always used to open packages carefully and reuse paper from the gift she and received when I was young.

A wonderful wrapping method can be borrowed from Japan. The Japanese traditionally take great care in wrapping presents. One method is called furoshiki and gifts are wrapped in a square peice of cloth. While one can buy cloth specifically designed to by furoshiki, any peice of cloth will do. Old scarves for example are perfect and can be purchased in used clothing or flea markets often for less than $1. The following link will take you to a site with some demonstrations of how to wrap with a furoshiki.

I've also wrapped gifts in T-shirts that become a second gift for the receiver.

Happy gift-giving,
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