Christmas is a time to be merry and celebrate with family and friends. But it can also be an opportunity to give back to the environment. With eco-friendly Christmas gifts, you can show your loved ones how much you care about them and the planet. These gifts are often more meaningful than traditional presents, and they can help reduce the amount of waste produced during the holiday season.
Low-Waste Gift Ideas
When it comes to eco-friendly Christmas gifts, there are many low-waste gift ideas to choose from. Here are a few to give you some inspiration:
Instead of buying a physical item, such as clothes or a gadget, you can give your loved ones an experience that they will never forget. Experiences can vary and there are many to choose from. Here are a few experiences that you could gift:
Manual experiences such as a soap-making workshop with Soaprise, a vermicomposting workshop with Werms.inc or a gardening workshop with Plantitude.
Learning experiences to experiment with new skills such as pottery, embroidery & sewing, jewellery, fitness classes or virtual workout subscription (check out Down Dog app or ClassPass).
Cooking experiences are a great way to try new dishes and expand your cooking skills. Even better, you could gift a plant-based cooking class!
These gifts are not only eco-friendly, but they are also sure to be appreciated and enjoyed by your loved ones. As a bonus, you can also share the experience to create long-lasting memories. ✨
There are so many available options today when it comes to subscriptions. Here are some ideas: tickets to the movies or theatre, a cinema membership at The Projector or a subscription to vegan treats with Everyday Vegan Grocer.
While you're at it, why not go digital? There are a lot of options to choose from: a subscription to curated vegan recipes & meal plans with Pistuu or a subscription to a meditation app such as Waking Up, Petit Bambou or Headspace.
Handmade Gifts 💝
Handmade gifts are another great way to reduce waste and show your loved ones how much you care for them. You can make cards, decorations, or even a quilt. Handmade gifts are not only eco-friendly, but they are also sure to be treasured by your loved ones.
It's not a secret that tree planting has many benefits when it's done the right way.
Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity. (source: One Tree Planted).
You can gift the adoption of 10 trees with EcoMatcher where your giftee will be able to track every tree with a satellite map to watch their trees grow!
If you want to contribute to the protection of oceans, you can start by adopting a coral to help restore coral ecosystems.
Finally, you can always donate in someone's name. This is a great way to reduce waste and help a cause that you and your giftee care about. You can donate to a charity, a non-profit organisation, or even a local community organisation.
Do you still need some inspiration? Check out this Ultimate No-Gift Gift Guide by Green Is The New Black and Sustainable Corporate Gift Guide by susGain.
Gifting low-waste Christmas gifts are a great way to reduce waste and show your loved ones how much you care about them and the planet. With these eco-gift ideas, you can give your loved ones something special this holiday season. From experiences to donations and handmade gifts, there are many great eco-friendly Christmas gifts to choose from.
So this holiday season, why not give your loved ones a gift that will make a positive difference?
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