For many, the holiday season is a time when buying presents is on the to-do list. It’s also a time when it feels like the whole of Australia is at the shops at the exact same time as you and that you are surrounded by gifts and gadgets that you think “who would buy that, or need that?”
Last week we covered how to have a sustainable holiday season with one of the pointers being to ‘gift well’. We didn’t want to leave you high and dry, wondering how to put this into practice, so we’ve popped together a list of 15 fab ethical and sustainable gift ideas which in many cases help you avoid the shops altogether!
- Keep Cup - Whether it’s for a tea drinker or an avid coffee lover, these reusable cups will help make their next takeaway fix more sustainable (and in many cases cheaper!)
- One Happy Leaf jewellery – Order a piece of this beautiful bamboo jewellery made by a brand that believes fashion and sustainability can co-exist.
- Solar Power Bank – Ever been caught without any phone battery? With this handy device, solar power will always be by your side.
- Lessons – Whether it’s a colleague, a family member or a friend, you can sign them up to learn new skills – be it cooking, dancing, pottery or learning the trombone. We guarantee it’s a winner.
- Red Cross ‘Real good gifts’ - Buy a hot meal for someone in need, a tap for a community to access fresh water or a warm blanket for someone impacted by a disaster.
- HoMie clothing – Snatch up a piece from their fresh catalogue of fashion, and support an organisation that directs 100% of its profits to providing new clothing and occupational training to young people experiencing homelessness.
- Go secondhand or handmade – The op shop is your friend. So is eBay, Gumtree, Etsy and every vintage, antique or 2nd hand book-store in town.
- Beeswax wraps – Help them ditch single-use plastic and cling wrap with these reusable wraps.
- A ticket – Receiving a ticket to concert, theatre show, a performance or the cinema is always the bees-knees!
- Big Little Brush – You can always do with a new toothbrush. So, why not gift a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush where 100% of profits used to help fund primary health programs in remote Indigenous communities.
- Memberships – If you know they love a certain museum, zoo or gallery, sign them up as a member to take their experience to the next level.
- Etiko clothing and footwear – “Wear what you believe in” is their moto. Grab a funky pair of sneakers, a hoodie or some t-shirts from this organic, eco-friendly and fair trade brand.
- Carbon offsets – Help them balance out their environmental impact by buying certificates from a carbon offset project. We love WithOneSeed, which supports farmers in East Timor to plant and protect trees.
- A bite to eat– Grab a voucher to the many social and community enterprise cafés and restaurants popping onto the scene, like Charcoal Lane (Melbourne), Two Wolves Community Cantina (Sydney) or Just Earth Coffee Roastery and Café (Brisbane)
- Volunteer your time and skills – Gifting doesn’t always have to involve spending money. We often forget that lending a hand to family or people within your community in need of extra support can be one of the greatest, most satisfying gifts of all. Offer a massage, a babysitting voucher, a couple of hours in the garden or invite them over for dinner. The possibilities are infinite.
If you’ve read the 15 fab ways and think there is nothing fab about them, check out the range with Oxfam or Sister Works – a not-for-profit organisation that exists to help women migrants, asylum seekers and refugees become financially independent.
And finally, we can’t forget the cards and wrapping part.
For cards, go no further than, than Earth Greetings. They have a large range of beautiful cards and they are 100% earth friendly. And, for wrapping consider Furoshiki wrapping, you might never go back.