With the holidays just around the corner, now is the perfect time to consider what you’re going to give those closest to you. While you may have some ideas in mind, an important factor is the sustainability of the gifts you are gifting. The last decade has brought attention to the accelerating change to the earth's climate. It's good to know then that you can use the holidays as a time to both give to those closest to you as well as give back to our planet.
Shopping for Clothes? Here's a Sustainable Gift Idea
As you're shopping for friends and family, consider their interests. Do they have a love of games? Are they wine aficionados? Chances are there's an intersection between their interests and the perfect sustainable gift. This can be as small as gifting bamboo kitchen supplies for the friends who just got married—to something bigger like a starter sustainability kit from National Geographic. If you don’t want to pick out a specific item, consider going with a gift card instead. This Christmas season the sustainable online clothing store, thredUP is offering online gift cards for those fashionista’s looking to help make a change.
Waste Not, Want Not
Are there gifts that you’ve gotten from the past that are still in their original boxes? Or are there things you bought for yourself that you thought you would use, only to find out they just take up storage? Consider gifting items you already own but haven’t actually used. Not only will this help get rid of extra waste, but it will also go towards somebody who might actually get use out of those products instead.
Make Gifts Yourself
If you’ve always had an act for crafts, use Christmas as the time to embrace your crafty side. If you have a friend or family member who is always looking for beauty products, make soaps and/or face masks. If you’re looking for a gift for someone who loves to cook, make jam, tomato sauce or whatever food you’re exceptional at cooking. DIYing adds a personal touch for friends or family—and it helps create less waste in the world by using the things you already have around you.
Have an idea for reusable, zero-waste or sustainable gifts to give this holiday season? We'd love to hear it, please add it in the comments section below!