Zero Waste Holiday Gift Guide
Gifting and Going Zero Waste
I absolutely adore the holiday season, and gift giving is one of the many reasons why!
If you know me personally, then you know I consider myself to be a pretty master gift giver. I love buying and giving gifts. I'm not as good as Leslie Knope (yet), but that's essentially what I strive for.
Cards on the table, I started writing this post in September because that's how excited I get every year for the holiday season.
However, the holidays can be very tricky when you are trying to maintain a zero waste lifestyle.
Giving gifts that people actually want while maintaining your zero waste values can be a bit challenging and confusing.
So here is a list of awesome holiday gift ideas for those of you trying to stay zero waste, minimal waste, or just eco-frindly in general this holiday season!
Stay Away from stuff
The easiest way to stay zero waste for the holidays is just not give stuff. Who needs more stufF?
Not going to lie, I do, I'm still pretty young, I move around a lot, and I am working on cultivating some different hobbies. HOWEVER, that does not mean that you need to ask for stuff nor give it!
My absolute favorite example of zero waste gift giving is giving experiences!
Last Christmas my brother and his fiance got my partner and I a "date night" as a gift. They gave us a gift card to a local restaurant (Urban Root) and to a couple's pottery class at our local arts center! It was so fun and such a creative gift!
- A "date night" - pay for dinner and a movie, or for a "wine and painting" class, something a couple could do together!
- Tickets to a movie, concert, play, ballet, or museum
- Taking them out to eat yourself!
- A fun class like cooking, improv, soap making, pottery, rock climbing, etc. Whatever you think you're person might be interested in!
- Spa treatments like massages, facials, etc. at a local place
- For those long distance friendships, an airplane or train ticket to come see you (or a partial pledge)
Make a donation to a charity in the name of your giftee!
Try to pick a charity that you know they would like.
Ok, some Stuff
Ok, so experiences and charitable gifts are awesome, but you may want to actually get some stuff for your loved ones. This is where things can get a little more challenging, but it's totally doable!
Firstly, keep things as local as possible. Try finding locally made soap, tea, coffee, pottery, or yarn shops and get something they'd like made right in your area!
Secondly, go second hand if you can!
The only reason I don't go second hand at times is because I want people to have the option to return their gift. In this case, I want to make sure that the company that I purchased from meets my own zero waste / ethical standards.
Stocking Stuffers (under $15)
- GUPPYFRIEND™ Washing Bag
- LUSH body products, maybe a little set!
- Hydro-flask Wine Tumbler
- Little Seed Farm Soap
- Pela Compostable Phone Case
- Klean Kanteen Tumblers
- Beeswax Food Wraps
- Organic Wool Dryer Balls
- French Press
- Yarn, or other knitting/croceting supplies
- French Press with bulk coffee