Hello everybody! It’s time for the sustainable gift guide. I have gathered some of my own favorites products, experiences, and brands in this post, and I hope this makes it easier to find less impactful gifts for friends and family, also stay tuned for more zero-waste holiday content, or check the links below for zero waste gift wrapping tips, plant-based holiday recipes and more!
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Gifts do not have to be physical things we wrap, they can be experienced, and honestly, these are my favorite gifts to both give and receive. I also always wish for experience gift cards and the like from people I know who will otherwise buy me fast fashion or electronics. It is a sneaky way of making sure your gift will be more sustainable too. Here are my favorite experience gifts
Restaurant vouchers // dinner party invitations // concert tickets // picnics // museum/theatre visits // hotel/spa experience // game night // fitness workshops // ceramic/painting workshops // talks/lectures // movie tickets // thrift shop shopping spree // hikes/camping trips // bowling // sewing classes
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gifts do not have to be new in order to be great, and actually, there are tons of pre-loved second-hand options when it comes to gift-giving. If you have to find a gift for someone who has a very specific wishlist, but you don’t want to buy the item from new because you don’t want to support the company, you can look on online second-hand fora or Facebook groups for people selling those items. In terms of vintage and generally preloved fashion, you can use Etsy, Depop, Zadaa, and other online platforms to find both specific things, or to find inspiration.
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another thing I love is making something for the people you love. Again, giving a gift does not have to be expensive new things, there are other ways of expressing love. If you have a specific skill like sewing, ceramics, painting, building, etc use that to make something personal. I love doing watercolors, and this year, I am painting both gifts and greeting cards for people. You can also make jewelry, or makeup (check out my recipes). You can also make planters and give green gifts, ooor something edible like a cookie mix, a voucher for dinner, or something fermented or pickled.
Zero Waste Wrapping:
Giving a sustainable gift also comes with conscious packaging, as gift wrapping paper and ribbon often isn’t recyclable. Instead, there are a couple of different options, all of which cost nothing, or very little. The first option is to use what you have at home like scarves or kitchen towels as wrapping, generally, anything that can be reused. You can also use fabric scraps or boxes that you have laying around. If you have these things already, or if you don’t want to give those away that you have, they can often be found in thrift shops for next to nothing. You can also save wrapping that you get and reuse that, but when it breaks, looking into reusable wrapping options is a great zero-waste switch.