When it comes to the holiday season and ﬁnding the ideal gift, you may be looking for something “original” or “useful,” but what about something that is “eco-friendly”?
Let’s be honest: We’ve all received a gift that ended up discarded within a few weeks.
One research discovered that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, we generate 25% more waste than at any other time of the year.
Instead of adding to all the unnecessary waste that occurs during the holiday season, how about our gifts were interesting as well as eco-friendly so that they were not discarded. And even when they are discarded at the end of their lives, they do not harm the environment.
Here is a list of eco-friendly gifting ideas that you could adopt to gift in a conscious manner this year.
1. Handmade Gifts
With gifting, it’s the giving that makes us feel all warm and happy. And when that gift is something you made yourself, well it just feels better. It also feels like the giver put in the most valuable asset which is time. It’s also much more memorable and valued, and feels like it was made speciﬁcally for them.
It was a few years ago when I received a gift of handmade jewellery by reputed jewellers from my friend and I was so excited and honoured to receive it. By taking the time to make something, she exhibited more thoughtfulness and care than some of the generic store-bought items people go for during the holidays. In handmade gifts, we can also choose the components carefully especially when you’re making something helpful out of natural ingredients and goods.
It’s never too early to start thinking about unique birthday gifts or amazing holiday gift ideas. One of the most popular handmade gifts is homemade soap. Certainly, a friend will prefer it to a conventional store gift card.
As an eco-friendly gift, scented candles can be used to create a relaxing environment at home, at the ofﬁce, in gardens, bathrooms, etc. Candles are ideal gifts for men and women alike. The candle-making process is easy and it also creates a great sensory experience.
2. Experience over Goods
Experiences, rather than material stuff, produce longer-lasting satisfaction, according to a study. People’s contentment with the goods they buy declines over time, whereas their satisfaction with experiences rises. Better memories come from experiences.
Do you want to surprise someone you haven’t seen in a while? Instead of buying stuff for them, schedule a time for them to watch a movie. Invite them to your home, prepare delicious food, and relax. Because experience speaks louder than words, you will be able to spend quality time with your loved ones. And it also creates lasting memories.
3. Eco-friendly Clothing as Gifts
Are you on the lookout for environmentally friendly clothing to offer as a gift? Natural materials manufactured from plants, such as organic cotton and linen, and Tencel made from sustainable wood pulp, are generally more sustainable and biodegradable products than petroleum-based man-made fabrics like Polyester and Nylon, which take hundreds of years to biodegrade.
The majority of ﬁrms have now embraced environmentally friendly clothing production methods. There are lots of environmentally friendly apparel gifts that use innovative materials, ethical processes, and fair practices to make products that are better for the environment and people.
4. “Do it Yourself” Kits
DIY kits let the DIY’ers on your list, who can make everything from scratch and enjoy experimenting, embark on a completely unique crafting experience. A lot of us struggle with coming up with gifts that will be remembered for a long time.
DIY Gift Kits make meaningful gift-giving enjoyable, simple, and affordable. These eco-friendly products will be remembered for years to come. Now, you don’t need to worry about what to purchase for them again. Instead of boring, generic gifts, give them this gift kit. For adults, teens, and children, this is an ideal eco-friendly gift. Brands like uncommon goods have such amazing DIY gift kits for adults.
5. Green Plants
Plants can be given for a variety of reasons, but most importantly, they can be used to wish someone good luck and show that you care. To communicate your feelings, give green buddies to your friends.
Plants do not expire or become outdated like other gifts. They remain with the person forever if they nurture them well. The longer the recipient nurtures the plant and avoids common plant diseases, the longer it will live with them.
The best occasion to give a plant as a gift is any occasion. That is one of the reasons why plants make excellent eco-friendly products. When you give someone a plant, you are also entrusting them with the responsibility of nurturing it. Plants are also one of the most living and growing gifts you can give.
Most of us nowadays spend the majority of our time at home or work. A plant in the room or on your desk can signiﬁcantly improve the quality of the air you breathe and help in mental health. As a result, when you give someone a plant, you’re giving them the gift of good health because they’ll be breathing cleaner air. And while your friend takes care of the plant, you will notice that they are improving as well. These plants require very little maintenance and also enhance home decor. This makes them a safe home decor gift.
6. Gifts Card vouchers and Promotional Codes
Gift cards are a good choice if you are not sure what a person wants exactly. By letting the receiver choose what they want, we can minimise waste. Sending gift cards or coupons is signiﬁcantly less expensive than mailing packages. When shopping with gift cards during peak sale times, the individual getting the gift card can get more bang for their cash. A digital gift card is another good idea because it reduces the material cost.
Hopefully, the above-listed eco-friendly gift ideas will inspire you to get into DIY gifts or to research different options so that you pass on your sustainability mission to your loved ones.
- Blogger and Educator by Passion | Senior Online Media & PR Strategist at ClickDo Ltd. | Contributor to many Education, Business & Lifestyle Blogs in the United Kingdom & Germany | Summer Course Student at the London School of Journalism and Course Instructor at the SeekaHost University.
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