Who doesn’t love a good gift idea? I don’t think I know a single person who doesn’t get joy out of finding the perfect gift for a friend or loved one. With that said, gift giving doesn’t have to be waste-generating! What I mean is there are plenty of thoughtful gifts that friends and family would be thrilled to receive that don’t require the purchase of “stuff.”
I encourage all of us to think twice before buying a “thing” for a friend or family member and maybe consider an alternative. Perhaps your mom loves having nice nails – get her a gift card to the fanciest nail salon in town so she can treat herself! Dad loves golf? Buy him a credit to play at the course he has been talking about so much!
Below you will find a quick gift guide of zero waste and sustainable gift ideas worth considering. Lastly, don’t forget to package present(s) with recycled gift wrap!
Sustainable Gift Ideas:
- museum pass
- zoo pass
- theme park annual pass
- concert or show tickets
- movie tickets (my brother is a huge fan of his MoviePass)
- wine tasting
- spa day / massage
- sports game tickets
- restaurant gift card
- weekend getaway or staycation
- xmas cookies
- bulk bin food items (chocolates etc.)
- other baked goods
- second hand books
- second hand toys and games
- high-quality vintage clothing (i.e. an awesome winter coat)
- sporting goods
XMAS CARD ALTERNATIVES
- video (this one still gets me every time)
- email + photos
Lastly, my mom always appreciates when others make a donation in her name to a cause she cares about.
And if you’re interested in sustainable ways you can decorate, try these pretty dried citrus ornaments!
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