These are our favourite recyclable Christmas wrapping paper designs this festive season

Swap regular Christmas wrapping paper with these gorgeous, fully recyclable designs; pretty and kind to the planet

Winter Animal Constellation Christmas Wrapping Paper
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As far as we're concerned, buying Christmas wrapping paper and wrapping presents is one of the greatest pleasures of the weeks leading up to the winter holidays. But until very recently, we had no idea that recyclable Christmas wrapping paper is a thing, or that ordinary wrapping paper isn't recyclable.

It turns out that most wrapping paper cannot be recycled either due to the dyes used to colour it or the plastic laminate coating that gives many designs a shiny finish. Oh, and anything with glitter on it can't be recycled either. 

Fortunately, this doesn't mean that you have to settle for plain brown paper (although we actually don't mind a minimalist wrapping style). There are many recyclable and recycled wrapping paper designs to choose from – we've picked the absolute favourites we're buying to wrap our presents this Christmas. 

If you also want tips on what to get as presents, check out our Christmas gift ideas guide. 

1. The graphic printed paper with a special gift

Recycled Christmas Wrapping Paper & Plantable Seed Gift Tag Set

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Recycled Christmas Wrapping Paper & Plantable Seed Gift Tag Set | £3.50 + at Etsy

This amazing design elevates traditional brown wrapping paper with a gorgeous graphic Christmas cracker print and a very special gift inside the gift tag: it's actually a sachet of wildflower seeds. It's such a delightful idea and will be a nice surprise for any gardeners among your family and friends. View Deal

2. The textured paper in bold colours

Buy John Lewis & Partners Plain Kraft Wrapping Paper, 10m, Green Online at johnlewis.com Buy John Lewis & Partners Plain Kraft Wrapping Paper, 10m, Green Online at johnlewis.com John Lewis & Partners Plain Kraft Wrapping Paper,

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John Lewis & Partners Plain Kraft Wrapping Paper, 10m | £8 at John Lewis & Partners

John Lewis are a popular destination for Christmas wrapping paper, and it's so good to see that they're going green by introducing recyclable options. The Kraft wrapping paper has a satisfying ribbed texture and gorgeous colours – the gold and green are our favourites. All the colours are fully recyclable after use.View Deal

3. The wrapping paper set with gift tags

10 Sheets of 100gsm 100% Recycled Eco Friendly Xmas Gift Wrap

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10 Sheets of 100gsm 100% Recycled Eco Friendly Xmas Gift Wrap | £14.95 at Amazon 

A medley of fun, traditional designs in pretty shades of green, made entirely from post-consumer waste and unbleached, and fully recyclable. We like that these come ready with gift tags, and there are lots of different sets to choose from. View Deal

4. The dreamiest polar bear design ever 

Winter Animal Constellation Christmas Wrapping Paper

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Winter Animal Constellation Christmas Wrapping Paper | From £3 at Etsy

This has to be one of the prettiest wrapping paper designs we've ever seen: the duck egg colour, the bears, the clouds...we're getting this one for sure. It's made from 100 per cent recycled, uncoated stock, so is fully recyclable. View Deal

5. The festive Nutcracker print

Christmas Wrapping Paper Nutcracker Design

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Christmas Wrapping Paper Nutcracker Design | £11.99 at Amazon

What could be more festive that the Nutcracker? This design is so dainty and cute – and, it's made from recycled paper that is also recyclable. It's nice and thick, too, so easy to work with. We're getting it for all the kids in our families. View Deal