Sustainable Christmas Gift Ideas 2018
Christmas magic is enchanting, however, everyone’s favourite holiday is also a big contributor to waste. From gift wrap and plastic packaging to presents people end up buying just for the sake of it, it’s time to rethink how we approach the festive time of the year without causing damage to our environment while still being able to shower our loved ones with the joy of giving. Let’s look at some sustainable Christmas gift ideas that tick all the boxes.
When it comes to Christmas gifts, there are a few things worth considering - how sustainable the gift is, can it be used long-term, and what’s the added value. From things that can be used long-term to gifts that add emotional value, here are our favourite picks:
Eco-friendly Alternatives to Everyday Products
Luckily, we live in a time when there are convenient and sustainable alternatives to almost anything. Everyday household products often contribute to a lot of waste and end up costing a lot in the long run. Sustainable alternatives are longer lasting, often fully recyclable, as well as better for the environment and our health. Reusable water bottles in fun designs, metal or glass straws, keep cups for takeaway hot drinks, bamboo towels and many more are excellent sustainable alternatives that will improve anyone's everyday life. Beeswax wraps made in Australia are an excellent Christmas gift - especially for people, who haven't used them before. It's a great opportunity to introduce someone to a sustainable alternative to cling wrap and, furthermore, since beeswax wraps can be used long-term, the person will think of you each time using these. Unlike many other household items, beeswax wraps have a colourful and fun design which makes them perfect for gifts.
Speciality goods like locally-roasted single origin coffee or high-quality olive oil or infused oils are another great option for Christmas gifts, especially if you know the person receiving the gift is fond of things like coffee, cooking etc. The truth is that most of us appreciate higher quality products but often don't want to invest in them ourselves. These are also something that can be used for a long time, are waste-conscious, and will be a great addition in the everyday life of the person receiving the gift. Choosing speciality products made by local businesses also helps supporting independent trade.
The famous saying - joy is not in things, it is in us - can be particularly relevant during Christmas. Some of the best gifts are ones that come in the form of an enjoyable experience and memories rather than a physical thing. On top of that, it's something you can enjoy together. From concert tickets to seeing a play together, travel experience or a spa appointment, there are plenty of options to choose from.