Gift Boxes Put in Garbage Ways to Reduce Turn Shoeboxes Into Gift Boxes Save on expenses by keeping shoeboxes on hand and turn them into gift boxes. Find out how to turn a shoebox into a gift box. Ways to Reuse Use More Than Once Instead of throwing gift boxes out after one use, save and reuse them until they become worn out. Use for Storage Like shoeboxes, gift boxes can be useful for storage and organization. Did You Know? Gift Wrapping Waste How much gift wrapping waste do Americans generate on a yearly basis? About two pounds per person, or 40 million pounds in total, which includes paper products used to wrap, package and decorate gifts. A whopping 38 million miles of ribbon is discarded per year, which is enough to wrap around the Earth.