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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2. The textured paper in bold colours

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3. The wrapping paper set with gift tags

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

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4. The dreamiest polar bear design ever 

Winter Animal Constellation Christmas Wrapping Paper

(Image credit: Etsy)

5. The festive Nutcracker print

Christmas Wrapping Paper Nutcracker Design

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Anna Cottrell
Anna Cottrell

In 2018 Anna moved into the world of interiors from academic research in the field of literature and urban space and joined Realhomes.com as Staff Writer. She has a longterm interest in space-making and the evolution of interior style. She can also be found looking for the latest innovations in sustainable homewares or buying yet more bedding.

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