Nothing warms our hearts like the start of the festive season. Fairy lights and baubles decorate high streets and homes. Christmas markets bustle with crowds enjoying mince pies and mulled wine. And the crisp air is full of goodwill and cheer.
Finding the perfect gift for friends and family can be tricky, especially as we try to be more sustainable in our daily lives. But by being more mindful about what and why we’re gifting, we can ensure our generosity is directed toward the planet as well as our loved ones.
Rather than shopping at high street chain stores this Christmas, check out independent boutiques in your town or online, like Uncommon Goods or Wearth London. Visit marketplaces that support local artisans or partnerships with craftspeople from around the world, like QÄSA QÄSA, Akojo Market or Project Pico.
And remember, go for quality over quantity every time.
Sustainable Christmas Gift Guides
For an unforgettable experience
If you’d rather stay away from physical gifts this year, here are some ideas for an unforgettable experience or gifts for your loved ones that keep on giving.
> Get out into nature with a forest bathing retreat
> Adopt an animal with WWF or plant a tree with the Woodland Trust
> Gift a membership to a museum or film club
> Sign them up for a hobby workshop or lessons, such as making jewellery, sewing or cooking
> Treat them to a day of vintage shopping and lunch
> Book them in for a spa day
> Buy tickets to a concert, theatre, comedy show or a gig
> Take them on a city break somewhere new
> Gift a subscription service, like Oddbox or Purple Carrot food boxes, coffee of the month clubs or beer and wine subscriptions
> Bring out their green thumb with plants for inside or for the garden
Give something back to the community
It’s also important to remember that this time of year isn’t full of joy for everyone.
If you want to give something back to the community this Christmas, here are a few other ideas:
> Call or visit an elderly person in your community who is alone through Age UK
> Spend a day volunteering with a food bank or soup kitchen
> Donate to a charity like Crisis, Shelter or Foodcycle