If you are wanting to try your best at zero waste gift giving, chances are you are starting to get things organised now. Not only can zero waste be better for the planet, it often means more meaningful, thoughtful gift. Here are a few ideas that I have come up with in my personal planning... anyone related to me should look away now!!!
Go Zero Waste Shopping
- Take a jar into a coffee roaster and personalize the blend for your caffeine addicted loved one.
- Grab a load of popcorn and give them these fail safe instructions for the movie fanatic of the family.
- Buy some delightful soaps and shampoo bars for family members that you want to slowly convert to sustainable options. Who can go back from beer and honey soap?! No one!
- Make up some 'Make your own' kits - a jar of almonds with cheese cloth for almond milk; a yogurt maker and instructions for zero waste yogurt; bees wax wrap kits;
- For all those family members that like the idea of sustainable living, but haven't quite made the leap - get them colourful produce bags, stainless steel straws, reusable coffee cups, bees wax wraps, bamboo toothbrushes, reusable shopping bags, glass jars... all the little things that might make a big change!!
Go Second Hand Shopping
Second hand stores offer a huge range of options that would otherwise be beyond my spending abilities. I also find that they bring a lot of inspiration for gift ideas - much more so than walking back and forth through a mall with shops all full of similar things. Check out the hardware sections for the dads, the crafts and ornaments for the mums, the toys for the kids, the kitchen ware for the flatting siblings, the pictures for the art collectors... there is something for everyone. And if you start looking now... you are bound to find something by Christmas!!!
This category is endless! Pinterest is an amazing source of inspiration.
- knitting, sewing, crafting
- preserves, soda syrups, vanilla essence
- bees wax wraps, candles, dried flowers
I have made some Scrabble pieces magnets using old fridge magnets and hot glue. So easy!
- succulents and cacti are the easiest as you can easily grab little pups, or babies, off them. This makes them zero waste as well as cheap and full of character
- it might be a nice idea to start off a few veggie plants for fellow zero wasters who always appreciate homegrown organic food! Good ideas include chilis, capsicums or herbs such as parsley. These work nicely as indoor plants so can be decorative as well as practical... and zero waste!