Christmas is all about giving but it is also a time when we tend to become quite consumeristic buying excessive things that we or others don't need and creating vast amounts of waste. They say that 'it is the thought that counts' and I would always much prefer to recieve a present that someoney has really thought about than something that they have spent lots of money without thinking too much. Finding eco friendly and ethical ways of giving gifts at Christmas can take a little time but anyone who knows me well will realise that I would really appreciate that time and thought.
One of the best ways to give thoughtful and sustainable gifts is to make them yourself. What you make will really depend on your talent but could include plants you grown, items that you have sewn or knitted, jewellery, biscuits, fudge or food of some sort or even something like baby sitting vouchers (now this is something that would make me really happy).
Another great idea for making your Christmas gifts more sustainable is by having a secret santa amongst your family and friends, so each person only buys one really special present rather than something for everyone.
Here are a few other Eco friendly and ethical gift ideas:
NV Calcutta - Fairtrade Uma Silk Scarf Leopard Print
Shared Earth Evening Bags
Vintage Pretty Pink Headscarf
Nordic Mittens by Lowie
Ethical leather sash belt
Silk cord knitted necklace in Fairtrade organic cotton
Have you started Christmas shopping yet? What will you be buying?