Sustainable gift giving in 2022

The act of gift giving is one that has fulfilled our human needs as far back as our history goes. Nothing beats the joy of getting together with our family and friends to share gifts that we know they’ll love.

The act of gift giving is one that has fulfilled our human needs as far back as our history goes. Nothing beats the joy of getting together with our family and friends to share gifts that we know they’ll love.

In recent years though, the amount that we gift has somewhat escalated, some would argue as a direct result of commercialising many of the celebration events in our calendars. You only need to consider birthdays, christenings, valentine's day, house warmings, baby showers, a new job, passing a driving test, or graduating to get a feel for how much we actually gift. It adds up to an awful lot particularly when we add the holiday seasons to the list too.  

We’re certainly advocates of sharing gifts, but we try and do it sustainably by following a few simple rules to ensure our gift giving behaviour is environmentally friendly, sustainable, and meaningful. Very often less is more when it comes an eco friendly gift.

Shop for locally made gifts 

Not only will shopping locally reduce the carbon footprint burden of shipping goods to your house, you’ll also be supporting a local business that is almost certainly reliant upon local footfall to stay afloat. The perfect gift that's sustainable and ethical, plus most likely made from natural ingredients and plastic free is probably just round the corner.

Recycled wrapping paper

Instead of gift wrapping presents with sellotape and decorative paper that is destined for the bin after one use, in may cases not recyclable either, use materials that have been up-cycled or can be repurposed once used. At the very least try and use recycled paper that's not plastic based. Alternatively, colourful fabrics, organic cotton beeswax wraps; reused gift bags, baskets and boxes; and colourful magazine pages or newspaper are the perfect choice. Simply hold everything together using twine.  

You don’t need to give a gift 

If you’re stuck for green gift ideas there are plenty of eco gift guides online. instead, why not give an experience like a weekend retreat or family day out to a nature reserve instead of a physical gift. This way, you’re not only giving the gift but also the memories that accompany the experience. 

Make your own

Everyone’s got a craft inside them bursting to come out. Why not experiment and make your gift. From making jams or baking cakes, through to sewing home decor items, or experimenting with essential oils - the list is endless and with a little thought, you’ll be surprised just how much you can do. 

Give an item that will not become a waste gift

There can often be a tendency to choose quantity over quality when giving gifts. I’m sure we can all recall a time when we’ve received a gift that has never been used, or even worse, ended up in the bin. Try to buy a thoughtful gift that the person will actually use. Practical gifts might not appear as exciting, but they will almost always get more use in the long term.

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