Do you have loved ones you want to shower with gifts but you don’t want to contribute to the environmental fall-out of our culture’s annual Christmas spurge? Or maybe you want to give gifts that don’t contain toxic chemicals to a special little person in your life?
If you’ve landed on the Natracare website, it’s likely that you’re a green-minded person, so we’ve come up with a few guides to eco-friendly gift giving which we hope you find useful.
The amount of wrapping paper thrown away at Christmas in the UK alone would wrap around the equator 9 times. That doesn’t even account for what’s inside the wrapping paper! Imagine all of the plastic and energy used to create the gifts that are exchanged each year in the UK.
Here you’ll find some low-impact, low-cost and carbon-neutral options for showing the people you love that you care for them, without damaging the environment, or blowing the bank!
Who doesn’t love food and drink? If you want to give somebody a gift that they will truly savour, make them something tasty. Think biscuits, cakes, or mince pies. If your gift recipient doesn’t have a sweet tooth, then how about a savoury spice blend, or a jar of something you’ve pickled?
If your loved one likes to cozy up on the sofa with a mug of something warm, perhaps you could make a hot chocolate blend. Just add a pinch of cinnamon and a few drops of orange essence for a lovely, Christmassy depth.
There’s nothing quite like sitting down and sharing something sweet and satisfying with somebody you care about – just don’t put any melty presents beside a roaring fire!
A homemade gift is a heartfelt gift. Why not get creative and have a go at making something special? From knitting, to sculpting, to painting and drawing, making a decoration for the tree, or a piece of jewellery – a creative gift is a great way to show that you really know somebody.
If you’re not a dab hand when it comes to all things creative, we promise, it’s not as daunting as it sounds! There are lots of ideas here for stylish and cheap handmade gifts. Have an explore online and see what you find!
Gift an Experience
Give somebody a gift that they’ll really remember – material possessions come and go but memories last a lifetime. Why not buy your loved one a voucher for something they’ve always wanted to do? A hot air balloon ride; a bungee jump; a go-kart racing session; a pamper and spa day; or simply a long weekend away out in the countryside… and if you share it with them, it can be a gift for you both!
Spend Some Quality Time
In this hectic world where everybody is dashing from pillar to post, the best gift of all is your time and attention. Put a day aside for an adventure with the person you love. Pausing to appreciate somebody and to be appreciated yourself is priceless.
If you want to be able to physically hand something to the person you love, then you can make them a book of redeemable coupons like this one here
If Buying, Buy Ethical
Second hand shops (both in real life and online) can be gold mines for great gifts – and they also stop people’s unwanted items from going to landfill. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, after all!
If you are planning on buying something new, there are plenty of companies out there with ethical sourcing and staffing policies. For your gift to have a positive impact on the world, think local, plastic-free, and sustainable. Finding ethical companies will come easy to you – you found us, after all!
If you need some inspiration, check out Moral Fibres 2018 ethical Christmas shopping guide
Make a Donation
Buying a gift for the person who has it all? Why not make a donation to a charity on their behalf?
An example of a charity that has different gift options is Send a Cow – this organisation works in Africa. They help to lift families out of poverty by giving them the tools to create meaningful change in their lives. Send a Cow offers way more than just cows, though – check them out to see the full range of gifts that they offer.
Other great charities run similar schemes, so have a look around and choose the right cause for your caring friend.
Homemade cosmetics are an easy way to treat your friends and family – maybe with some left over for yourself! Lots of ingredients you’ll find in your kitchen can also be used to create lovely, fresh scrubs and cleansers. We love these scented sugar scrub cubes, and these deep clean coffee scrub for your hair.