Need wrapping paper this Christmas? Just use LEGO instructions

If you’re in need of wrapping paper this holiday season, why not use LEGO instructions?

That’s the inspired suggestion of LEGO DOTS designer Laura Perron. Of course, that means bringing yourself to taking scissors to your beloved instruction manuals. And if you’re anything like the fans who replied to Laura on Twitter, you might find that idea a little sacrilegious.

Not everyone keeps their LEGO instructions, though. Many a book finds its way into the recycling bins at Brick Fanatics HQ. And with good reason: they not only take up space, but they’re also available online at So if you ever do need to rebuild an old model, you can just load up the digital version instead.

Recycling (or in this case, reusing) instruction manuals also makes us feel a little better about the damage LEGO products do to the environment. The company may be all about sustainability these days, but the paper for those instructions still came from somewhere.

Plus, you can’t tell us you wouldn’t love to receive a Christmas present wrapped in LEGO instructions (as long as they weren’t yours). Anyone can buy LEGO-themed wrapping paper, but there’s something unique about seeing a gift wrapped in a genuine LEGO instruction manual.

In case you haven’t guessed, we’re very much with Laura on this one. Cut up your instruction manuals! Wrap your Christmas presents in them! Introduce a little anarchy into your LEGO life! What have you got to lose?

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

One thought on “Need wrapping paper this Christmas? Just use LEGO instructions

  • 10/11/2020 at 12:06

    To quote Anakin Skywalker here:

    I appreciate the idea of recycling, and that digital copies are available from Lego, but this is almost the same as saying that we should use the pages out of all books to wrap presents. Physical media still has a place in the world of today. It is something to hold, something even to smell when looking through pages of books and/or instructions. Something to be appreciated as a form in its own right. Something that does not require an internet connection, a power supply, or a screen (all of which have their own environmental costs).

    Long live the printed page!


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