Zero Waste Gifts for Everyone on Your List
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 zero waste gifts that friends and family would be thrilled to receive.
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 gift ideas worth considering. Lastly, don’t forget to package present(s) with recycled gift wrap before placing them underneath your Christmas Tree (decorated in compostable dried citrus ornaments, of course!).
Zero Waste Gifts:
- museum pass
- zoo pass
- theme park annual pass
- concert or show tickets
- movie tickets
- 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
- cooking class (we’ve enjoyed classes offered at Sur La Table)
- art class
- pottery class
- sewing/knitting class
- wood working class
- dance or other exercise class / pass (I have friends who swear by ClassPass)
Second Hand Gifts
- second hand books
- second hand toys and games
- high-quality vintage clothing (i.e. an awesome winter coat)
- sporting goods
Christmas 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.
Kait is the founder and editor of A Clean Bee. She is passionate about discovering natural, eco-friendly, and sustainable ways to clean and organize her home. Kait has been featured in online publications such as NBC News, Oprah Magazine, BuzzFeed and PopSugar for her expertise in natural cleaning techniques. She enjoys spending her off-time outside in her garden with her husband and their two small boys.