As the holiday season approaches we are all encouraged to shop, shop, shop – but we should be encouraged to reduce, reuse, recycle! In two previous posts I have written about giving the gifts of help and support as well as good feelings and good times! There are certain situations though where you may feel you really have to give an actual item. If you want those gifts to be eco-friendly without costing the earth, then avoid all the green washing and buy secondhand, make or grow gifts!
Houseplants make a great gift and can often be grown from ones you own yourself. At this time of year everyone spends a lot more time indoors and less fresh air is allowed to circulate around their homes. Plants can be invaluable in helping to purify the air and some plants such as aloe vera also have a wide variety of uses!
- Christmas puddings and mince pies – these could be a great gift for those hosting lunches and dinners this festive season.
- Unusual dips, sauces, jams and chutneys – they will flavour your friends and families meals for months to come – they may take a bit of pre-planning though (maybe an idea for next year)!
- Soup and croutons – I love my newly discovered challah croutons and think they would make a delicious gift (I may be a little biased though)
- Biscuits such as gingerbread men could be displayed in a large clear upcycled glass jar with a recipe rolled up in the center
For the bathroom – It is very easy to make your own bath salts – mix some Epsom salts, sea salt, herbs and / or essential oils of your choosing, store them in a reused glass jar and then the recipient can enjoy a lovely warming herbal bath. Another nice gift is some homemade pot pourri – add a few drops of essential oil (or infused oil) to some dried rose petals or pine cones and store in a glass jar!
For kids – buy secondhand! The young ones don’t know any different and if you get them used to secondhand gifts as normal from a young age as well as explaining to them why you are buying everything secondhand it is something they will accept as normal. When they get older if only new will do, then just give them money and let them make their own decisions as to how they spend/ save it.