Furoshiki is the Japanese art of using cloth to wrap gifts or items to carry. And at a time of the year where it is estimated we produce up to 30% more waste and in the UK throw out 108 million rolls of wrapping paper; it is a incredibly practical and sustainable alternative.
You can buy ready made cloths to wrap but it is just as easy to make your own. I use vintage fabric that I collect throughout the year. Old silk scarves also work well for a lot of items. You can make them any size you need, though its useful to note that they do need to be square in order to make the neatest folds. The most common sizes for cloths are 45cm x 45cm and 70cm x 70cm.
Other advantages are that I find it a lot quicker to wrap and you also dont need the addition of sellotape.
A basic wrap is to lay your item in the middle of the fabric then fold one corer over the item and the opposite corner over again. then take the other two opposite cornets and tie a knot. Tuck in or tie a label if needed and you could add a slice of dried orange or some evergreens for a festive touch.