Gift giving is, undoubtedly, the best part of Christmas. Finding the perfect present is challenging, though, especially if you want to give someone an environmentally-friendly gift this year.
But the challenge is all part of the fun! There are a few routes you can take with this one. You can either gift some sustainable products, or buy something that allows the recipient to be more environmentally conscious.
Ahead, we’ll cover 9 of our top suggestions on gifts for sustainable living that are sure to make a splash this Christmas.
A houseplant or two is a great gift idea not only for promoting sustainable living, but also for the recipient’s health and wellbeing.
Research has found an array of health benefits associated with greenery inside the home. We all know houseplants can brighten a room, but did you know they can also improve your mood and filter the air?
We recommend indoor plants over outdoor ones because they’re practical, beautiful and don’t require any garden space – so they’re apartment friendly, too. Plants like lilies, aloe, ivy, and jade are good choices. They’re easy to take care of and don’t require too much attention.
Try to stay away from plants that require constant care. You don’t want to give someone an abundance of responsibility for a Christmas gift. Also keep in mind that some plants are toxic to dogs and cats, so if the recipient is a pet owner, choose something safe for their furry friends.
Mason jars are some of the most versatile items you can buy. You can use them for drinks, storage, crafting, and more.
These jars can often replace plastic items in the household, whether they’re used for storage or to drink a beer out of. Every home should have a couple of mason jars lying around, and filling them with sweets or homemade treats makes for a thoughtful and practical gift.
A Compost Bin
Are you looking for something small, or something to hide some other gifts inside? A compost bin checks both of those boxes.
Composting your waste is one of the most environmentally-friendly things you can do. A compost bin makes the perfect gift for a home gardener as well. They can compost their organic waste and use it for fertiliser in their garden.
Maybe they’ll even give you some of their fresh-grown vegetables when they harvest!
Eco-friendly candles are becoming more popular because of how easy they are to make. You might even be able to find a store selling them in your area, so you’ll be able to support small, local business at the same time.
These candles are often more interesting and unique than most of the standard, mass-produced candles you’ll find. They have intriguing designs, and you can be sure they’re made from sustainable resources.
Organic cosmetics range from makeup to toothpaste to deodorant and are picking up steam both on the internet and in stores.
You can probably find some organic options at your local health food store, and there are plenty of companies selling these products online. You can be sure that the cosmetics are made from organic sources and are cruelty-free.
Make sure to check the labels, though, as some companies are known to stamp “organic” on products without backing it up in the ingredients section.
Reusable Shopping/Tote Bags
Plastic shopping bags are some of the most wasteful items on the planet. Most people throw them away after one use, and they end up in a landfill or in the world’s oceans. It’s great to see supermarkets now slowly phasing them out – but we still have a long way to go.
Reusable shopping bags, or tote bags, can be relatively cheap, so they make for a great filler. You can even fill the bag with other sustainable goodies. Better yet, you can pick up some really cute ones. Pick from crochet, canvas, cotton, or even recycled materials for the ultimate environmentally-friendly gift.
Plastic straws have been in the news lately for harming aquatic life. So, what’s the alternative? Biodegradable paper straws that don’t always hold up in practice.
One of the ways to get around this is to use your own metal straws. You can find a pack of metal straws for under $10 online, and they make a perfect gift for the cold drink lovers in your family or friend group.
Whether or not governments begin banning plastic straws, they are terrible for the environment. These metal straws are sturdy, washable, and reusable. They completely eliminate waste. Pair the straws with mason jars and the recipient’s favourite loose leaf tea, coffee or treats.
Travel mugs, such as Keep Cups, can now be found in numerous places both online and in stores. They also come in a range of colours, patterns, sizes, materials, and brands, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect one for your recipient. Even if they already have a travel mug, it doesn’t hurt to have another, or even a few, as they can mix and match, or keep one at home and one at work.
Our kids are the future. Teach them how to live sustainably by gifting them environmentally-friendly toys and goodies. Did you know, many of the popular toys among younger kids and babies have sustainable alternatives?
There are a few brands like Green Toys and HABA that specialise in making recycled toys for children. They use water bottles, milk jugs, and other recycled materials to make the same products you’d find in the toy aisle.