With Christmas, the traditional time of giving fast approaching, many of us are scrambling to come up with heartfelt gifts ideas for our loved ones. I know, because I’m one of them!
Gift giving can sometimes be stressful, but hopefully with the help of this guide we can take some of the pressure off so you can enjoy the festive season!
What is sustainable gifting?
What exactly is sustainable gifting you ask? Before writing this blog, I’ll admit I wasn’t sure either! So I did a little research and found that most people think sustainable gifting is simply eco-friendly gifts, and they’d be right. But I found it also means buying ethical, local, handmade, homemade or even making gifts yourself.
I know it all sounds hard but it’s surprisingly not hard at all. There’s actually a lot of information out there for amazing, sustainable gift ideas, and with a google search this is what I’ve found:
Now before you all baulk at the idea of gifting secondhand items let me explain. While you can always re-gift unwanted gifts you can also buy secondhand. Ever been antiquing? There are some amazing one of a kind pieces out there. Antiquing doesn’t mean expensive, you can always find a bargain if you look hard enough! Don’t have any secondhand or antique stores close to you? Then there is always eBay or Facebook marketplace. You might just find the perfect pre-loved gift!
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Experiences and Outings
Instead of buying a physical gift there is always the option of buying an experience or a day out somewhere. There are so many great places to explore. You can stay local and check out local attractions, travel, go to the city, or go to the country. There are places like wineries, museums, theatre shows, amusement parks, festivals, fetes, workshops and exhibitions. These types of gifts are priceless and give memories for a lifetime.
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How about gifting items that help reduce our imprint and impact on the environment? There are some great gift ideas for the ecological minded gift giver and receiver!
- Herb garden starter kits
- Up-cycled products
- Hemp bags and clothing
- Un-paper towels
- Bamboo takeaway coffee cups and cutlery
- Bamboo cotton clothing
- Beeswax wraps kits
- Beeswax candles
- Homemade Soaps
- Metal or glass drink bottles
While these are just a few ideas to get you started, even buying products with less plastic packaging can be a eco-friendly gift. Once you start looking the possibilities are truly endless.
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For those of us who are rather crafty, making gifts can be fun as well as thoughtful.
- Make your own Christmas cards, this a great project for kids. With a few simple supplies you can have handmade cards that you’ll want to keep forever!
- Do you like to knit or crochet? A handmade scarf, blanket or a toy will be treasured for a lifetime.
- What about a painting or drawing? Things like this comes from the heart and are always treasured by the recipient. After all it’s the thought that counts.
- Like to bake? How about baking cookies and other Christmas treats and making hampers for your loved ones? Not only can they be easy to make but they’ll taste amazing too!
While these are just a few ideas, the list is once again endless. Homemade gifts take thought, heart and hard work, so why not show your love with a handmade gift?
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Close to home
I know I talked about websites and making homemade gifts, but before we get caught up buying online or if you aren’t particularly crafty, how about we look closer to home? Buying local not only supports small businesses but it’s also reduces your carbon footprint. Does your town hold local farmers market or craft market? Most stalls are all homemade or handmade. Which means a lot of thought, effort and hard work went into making one of a kind products. Have a look around your town I bet you’d be surprised at what you’ll find.
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Provide a Service
Low on money? Christmas can be an expensive time of year, how about instead of buying gifts you can offer a service instead? Make a coupon book! This might range from mowing the lawn to making dinner, doing an oil change on the car or even babysitting. Think outside the box, maybe you can offer coupons for your significant other with things like back rubs, date nights, a night away, or taking care of the kids while the other sleeps in? As a busy mum I know a gift like this would mean the world to me.
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Last But Not Least......
Don’t forget to check out our website for great gifting ideas, we have amazing gift boxes to choose from and there’s something there to suit almost everyone. All of our packaging is completely biodegradable, recyclable or reusable.
Who would’ve thought that we could make a positive ecological difference with simple sustainable gift giving ideas?
We would love to hear from you! Drop us a comment if you have any great homemade ideas, websites or stores that support sustainable gifting ideas.