Reuse Those Christmas Catalogs

17 Nov

I haven’t ordered anything from a catalog since I was eight-years-old and I bought my seven-year-old brother an electric toothbrush from the Sears Wish Book for Christmas.

True story. Weird. But true.

Yet, each day during this time of year I do a happy dance when I see the glossy Christmas catalogs arrive in the mail.

Anthropologie. Ballard Designs. Pottery Barn. West Elm. Urban Outfitters. J Crew. Come to mama.

Neiman Marcus Christmas Book

Neiman Marcus Christmas Book 2011

I love the inspiration you can get from the pages of a catalog and the satisfaction of DIYing something you’ve seen listed for hundreds of dollars. (More on that later.)

Flipping through the pages is similar to clicking through all the wonderful home blogs out there. Looking at beauty helps inspire beauty. And I always visit the store’s website if I see something I just have to have.

But what about the trees, you say?

Good point.

Here’s where I like to do a little festive recycling.

Catalog Box

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Once you’ve had your fill of the pretty people and pretty things in your holiday catalogs, tear ’em up and use them as filling for your Christmas presents!

They’re already shiny and sparkly and they’re a heck of a lot more fun than tissue paper – or, yuck, packing peanuts.

And using the catalogs saves you from buying excess packing materials.

Happy trees, happy people.

What are your favorite catalogs this time of year? Any gift wrapping tips?

2 Responses to “Reuse Those Christmas Catalogs”

  1. Charissa - The Gifted Blog November 24, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    I like your enthusiasm! We don’t have a shredder but I like the idea of shredding catalogs for filler. We live far from family and I have a feeling we’ll be sending quite a few gifts out next month!

    • Katie November 25, 2011 at 10:44 am #

      Thanks Charissa! I think just tearing them up will work fine. Happy shopping!

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