1. Wrap gifts as usual, complete with the folded corners. You can use standard wrapping paper, parchment paper, tissue paper, or even fabric. I saved tissue paper from packages I received for this purpose.
2. Use discarded ribbon, string, or yarn to tie around the paper.
3. Slip a handmade gift tag under the ribbon, and voilà!
After the presents are unwrapped, the materials can be either reused or recycled.
Here are some presents that I wrapped with packing paper from something I bought online:
You can wind the ribbon around twice for rectangular packages: