Saturday, December 20, 2008

Recycle Holiday Gift Cards

It's been a good year for my husband, who is a High School English Teacher. Every year at this time we get a flood of gift cards (happily accepted).

Up to now, after they were used up, I would struggle to toss some out because some are really cool looking. Honestly. Some stores actually put thought into the design (Target, Starbucks, iTunes).

The other looming question: Will the cards be collectible someday?

I now have a great Right-Brainy way to re-cycle them thanks to a random comment to a comment on a blog. No joke.
(Debbie Jordan Kravitz of Virtually Organized asked her followers on Twitter what we couldn't live without.
I said nose strips. I stand by it.
Paul Merrill, a rubbish artist in Colorado, commented that he has a post similar.)
and here comes the winning comment:

An idea for recycling: Ian cuts these up into guitar picks!
Yay! A great used for cool, hip plastic.

Another idea: Ice scraper for car windows

What else can you do you do with your used gift cards? (besides tossing them)


Megan@Disorder2Order said...

I actually do quite a bit with Christmas Cards (really any card)...

I use them in my scrapbooks.
I cut them out and re-send them as a new card.
I use them as gift tags.
Sometimes I frame them (if they are extra cool).
The kids make airplanes out of them.
Oh, and the Christmas letters get added to the paper recycle pile to print on the backsides.
I decoupage boxes with pieces to make new holiday gift boxes...

I could probably think of a few more but the sugar is wearing off... it's what I get for waking up at 5am for birthday cake and presents...

Happy Holidays Allison!

Megan@Disorder2Order said...

Clearly I wasn't paying attention... now I get the ice scrapper idea...


Great ideas... time for a coffee!