Reusable shopping bags make "green" gift bags
Keep Monera's hack in mind the next time you shop for a birthday party gift:
I hate buying bags for gifts to go in -- it seems like such a waste to buy a bag that will be thrown away and forgotten. So my solution is to use Green Bags (reusable shopping bags) instead of gift bags.
I dress them up with yarn or ribbon, add some tissue paper and there you go -- an environmentally friendly gift bag. Parents like them because they can hold many gifts/toys in the bag when they cart it out to the car, and then reuse them while shopping. I like it because it is one way to lower impact one gift at a time, and they are cheaper than gift bags.
Target has a really fun one with a tree and bird on it, and Whole Foods now has a cute one with apples. If you really want something special, there are some people on Etsy making even cuter ones.