Gift Guide: Zero Waste Gifts

Zero waste gift guide for the holiday season

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 eco-minded 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. Don’t forget to package presents with recycled gift wrap before placing them underneath your Christmas Tree (decorated in compostable dried citrus ornaments, of course!).

Zero Waste Gifts:

Experiential 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

Food Gifts

  • xmas cookies
  • bulk bin food items (chocolates etc.)
  • other baked goods

Gift Classes

  • 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.

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