Ethical gift guide for a stress-free holiday season
There is nothing better than the festive season! Although some people find it a little bit stressful and overwhelming. We get it, no one likes spending a lot of time and money on gifts that no one actually needs or uses afterwards. And it not only does harm to our finances and mental state but also has a huge impact on our planet. Did you know that over the festive season the UK creates 30% more waste than usual?.. But it doesn’t have to be like that! As long as we stay mindful about what and why we are buying, ethical gifting can be rewarding, enjoyable and less wasteful.
How to avoid unnecessary stress and waste this Christmas?
Here are some of our suggestions and reminders how to avoid unnecessary stress this Christmas:
Don’t feel obliged
Always remember that you don’t have the obligation to give presents to everyone. Don’t buy a present to someone just because they got you one last year. If you don’t feel like buying a gift, a simple hug and sincere wishes will do the job!
Simply ask. We feel the pressure to surprise people but if you are not 100% sure what would make that person truly happy, it’s always better to ask and get something that they will enjoy rather than end up in a trash bin.
Make it yourself
Can you make something yourself? Maybe you are good at cooking and have some bananas that are too ripe to eat? A loaf of banana bread will never go to waste, believe me. Or maybe you could invite them to spend time together or take them to a theatre?
Wrap it yourself
Have fun and pack it yourself with the materials that you already have at home, even if it’s an old newspaper. You will be surprised how classy your gift is going to look under the Christmas tree!
Do your gift shopping online
Always do your gift shopping online. You will save so much time and avoid unnecessary stress. Imagine what you can do with all that time that you will save! Relax in a hot bath instead.
Chose small brands
Support local business and chose small independent brands over high street supermarkets and well known global brands. Your gift is going to be more authentic, made and packaged with love. And at the same time you will be supporting a dream that someone had and took a risk to make it happen.
Spend some time before you buy
If you still decided to go for a surprise, spend some time thinking about the person. What he or she likes, what are their hobbies, is there anything they mentioned that they want or need? And don’t be afraid of buying practical gifts. These go a long way.
Some of our favourite and most ethical gift sets for your loved ones
For the outdoorsy ones
This gift is perfect for the ones who are always on the go and who cares about the planet. We call it a Zero Waste Starter Kit but it could be easily called a Zero Waste Complete Kit. You get a vegan backpack, a travel coffee cup, 10 bamboo straws and a beautiful bamboo water bottle. What else would you need?!
For the traditional ones
This is one of our all time favourites! When and why did the traditional razors go out of fashion?! What a beauty!.. A perfect gift for him or her. It will last them a lifetime, save them a ton of money and will help to reduce plastic waste. It comes in a beautiful box with 5 extra blades and a shaving soap which is vegan and cruelty free.
For the bearded ones
Beard need as much care and attention as the rest of the face so don’t forget to show a little bit of love for your bearded friends as a reminder. This beautiful beard grooming gift set includes beard and shaving oils that are completely organic, cruelty free, handmade in small batches and smell amazing.
For the eco-warriors
Remember having that conversation with a friend who wants to start reducing single use plastic in their lives? We believe that they will be pleased with this eco friendly gift as it sets anyone up for a very good start. A three tier, stainless steel lunch tin, organic cotton shopping bag, reusable glass coffee cup and isothermal stainless steel bottle. Perfect ammunition for the eco-warriors!
For the traveling ones
You know how you go away for a few days and you just miss the smell of your bath salt or your face mask? We have good news – you can take everything with you! This beautiful organic cotton pouch comes filled with travel sized premium skin and body care items that are all vegan, cruelty free, smell divine and sets you up for an ultimate pampering experience!
For the cosy ones
Who doesn’t need more hygge in their lives? And especially in a winter season! So we went out there and we found the best scented candle that is also made with an all-natural vegetable wax and a lead-free cotton wick. It is clean burning, biodegradable, vegan and cruelty free. These beauties are also hand poured in the UK and will warm up even the coldest hearts.
For the always smiling ones
Everyone dreams about perfectly white smile but not everyone wants to put their teeth through an extreme chemical treatment. This completely natural, eco-friendly and vegan teeth whitening kit includes everything what you need in order to whiten your teeth, improve your gum health, remove bacteria and stains. Each product is environmentally friendly, keeps your teeth and gums healthy, and leaves your mouth detoxified.
We hope you are excited to make the most of the holiday season as much as we are! Let’s spread love this Christmas, not waste.