Let’s be real about this. When most of us think of Christmas, it’s spending money in shopping centres and over buying because we get caught up in the excitement and we are always thinking that we need to add just one more thing.
For Christmas this year, we have decided to make the most of our gifts ourselves or if we are buying, our purchase decisions will be made on the products long-term effect and value.
What do I mean by this?
Well, let’s start by looking at gifts where we can reuse and recycle what most people consider waste.
Items such as coffee pod cases and tin cans are something that can easily be discarded as used rubbish but you can turn them into gifts.
When you make something amazing, think about who else would love this? Whether that’s something for wildlife or something for us, if it can be consumed then the gift has a smaller footprint.
Then there are gifts you can make using cuttings and what you might have an excess supply of such as pebbles and stones. We made these DIY Succulent Jars using what we had in our craft cupboard. You could even use recycled glass jars from your pantry.
If you know someone who loves birds, why not have a go at making birdseed ornaments to hang outside. Makes a nice idea for a natural Christmas tree and the gift will be consumed by the birds and enjoyed by the recipient.
Gifts That Grow
For a teacher, friend, family member or just about anyone, gifts that grow are a way you can ensure you are making a difference. Encouraging others to experience the benefits of homegrown produce will most definitely be a sustainable gift and one that will continue to give well after Christmas day.
You can even make conscious choices where you can reuse and then add them to the compost once they are worn out, which means they can be composted back into the garden, like with these dishcloths and food wraps. Or even considering packaging where you can reuse ongoing like these Sinchies pouches.
One of the most valuable things you could consider as a gift this Christmas is one centred around education. Learning about ways to make changes to your lifestyle that will benefit the environment is the single most valuable gift of all.
Melissa from Sustainable Education is on a mission to make this a reality and is offering over 60% off her Sustainable Living Certificate course for a limited time. Honestly, this is one of the best things you can consider for yourself or as a gift to someone who values change.