Its that time of the year again, where everyone is going crazy trying to find gifts for their loved ones, friends, and family. Unfortunately, many of these gifts can end up in the trash. According to a study conducted by students at Stanford University, more than 3 million kilos of waste is produced on average between end of November and New Year’s Day.
However, if you are determined to play your part in making this Christmas eco-friendly by giving sustainable gifts, some ideas for best sustainable Christmas gifts are:
Make something yourself
Handmade products show love and care like nothing else. It can be anything from a painting, a jewellery item, a customised mug to a hand-made photo frames or wall hanging.
All of these items can be made using recycled items. Even if you are not a pro at making things, you can invest in handmade items from emerging entrepreneurs. What can be better than getting an eco-friendly gift and supporting an emerging business?
Ethically designed slow fashion clothing
Clothes designed for quality and longevity are one of the best Christmas gifts. These clothes are not only designed to be durable but the production process includes slower production schedules, fair wages, zero waste (in most cases) and a lower carbon footprint.
One such brand is Ngali that produces slow fashion clothing that is not only compatible with the current trends but is designed to look trendy for the upcoming years as well. Slow fashion clothing is almost always considered old fashioned and outdated but Ngali is changing this perception with its trendy aboriginal art clothing, formal and casual silk dresses, clothing for regular use, travel-friendly apparel as well as designer silk dresses. Can you imagine a better Christmas gift than that? It will not go to waste and will stay as good as new for many years.
Tickets for a trip
Nothing can beat experiences and memories. If you want to give your loved ones something special yet sustainable, tickets and reservations for a small trip can prove to be one of the most special gifts of their lifetime. However, for this, you will have to allocate a larger budget than you do for other Christmas gifts. To make it even more eco-friendly, you can get the train tickets and plan a retreat to an eco-friendly residence, go out camping or have them volunteer at an animal shelter, that is, if they are interested.
Homecooked cookies, cakes or relishes and preserves etc. not only look luxurious but are also a welcome gift by people who love food and food items. You can wrap the gift in greaseproof paper or use glass packaging. Avoid plastic at any cost and while cooking, try to minimise waste as much as possible. Also, make sure you use a tried and tested recipe since throwing away the first batch of cookies will only add to waste.
Wrapping it up
Christmas is all about giving and goodwill. Unfortunately, on the auspicious occasion, we forget that we are obliged to give back to our planet as well. Hence, promise yourself that from this Christmas, you will ensure that you give away eco-friendly and sustainable gifts so that even if you cannot give something back to the planet, you play your part in not making the situation worse.