10 Inspiring Christmas Gift Ideas: sustainable, recycled & cost effective

September 30, 2017

Can you sense that festive vibe in the air yet?  Maybe you can, maybe you're still recovering from last Christmas or perhaps it's all just too much to take on right now. Well wherever you're at with your Christmas lists and plans, it can't hurt to take a look at some super gift ideas for that someone special or for that difficult-to-buy-for person in your life (from personal experience, these people are often one-in-the-same!).

 

These ideas are sure to have you feeling good about Christmas and on track to avoiding a last-minute money wasting gift splurge.

 

 

 

 

 

1. FOR THE TEA LOVERS

 

Easy to send in the mail to loved one’s far away, Emubob Tea's gorgeous gift boxes are also a thoughtful gift for co-workers or your child’s teacher.  Available to purchase on the on-line store, you have the choice of two delicious sticky chai blends in a handy biodegradable tea-for-two packet.

 

 

 

 

2. WHEN IT’S PERSONAL

 

Select small yet thoughtful items to create a special arrangement of gifts and place it all in a recycled catalogue basket.  You could follow specific themes such as pampering and include homemade bath bombs and DIY lip balm, or perhaps head down the homemade chutney and jam path. 

 

Whatever you choose, ensure you have your recipient in mind!

 

 

3.  GREEN THUMB

 

Grab a cutting from your favourite plant, place in a pot and finish it off with a pretty ribbon.  

Alternatively, if you get moving now, you can begin to propagate your own succulents so you have plenty to offer as gifts.  You could even make our DIY plant holder and you have a cute recycled gift that will hopefully last forever!

 

 

 

4. READY FOR RELAXATION

 

A DIY recycled candle is a simple option suitable for all sorts of people - who doesn't love a scented candle?

 

 

5. THE CHILLI LOVER

 

Got some chillies and garlic to spare?  Get cracking on preparing your own chilli garlic oil.

Purchase some recycled glass jars and olive oil and you’re ready to go.  With multiple health benefits, chilli and garlic oil is the ultimate cooking friend.

 

 

 

 

6. NAN & POP, GRAN & GRANPA, NONNA & NONNO…

 

There’s nothing more special than the gift of a family photo to the grandparents.  So why not make it totally unique?   Re-use an old glass jar, add some vegetable oil, cut your choice of printed picture to fit and raid your ribbon stash to add some gorgeous decorations. Here's how!

 

 

 7. BOOK ADDICTS

 

While the digital book revolution is a welcomed move forward for the environment, nothing beats the real thing!Track down one of your old favourite book and write a special dedicated hand note or head down to your local used book store and grab a bargain.You can spend hours perusing a host of topics and you’re sure to find the perfect book.  

 

 

For a quirky touch, create a cute bookmark (these old keyboard keys are great!), wrap in an old map and tie a string bow.

 

 

 

 

8.  THE KIDS’ FRIENDS

 

A stress-free, quick and fun way to ensure the kids can offer a thoughtful gift to their closest friends!

Start hoarding your small glass jars (baby food jars are ideal) and get baking to create mini cookie snowglobes (thanks to I Love Nap Time)!  Choose simple decorations or go all out, either way they’re sure to be a hit.

 

 

 

 

9. SWEET TOOTH

 

Do you have a collection of old teaspoons, or perhaps the local thrift store can help?  Cover the spoons with a variety of chocolates and combine a selection of chocolate dipping spoons that can be dipped into coffee or hot chocolate.  To create the dipping spoons below, head to Bakers Royale.   

 

 

 

10. LOCAL PRODUCERS & RETAILERS OR ONLINE ECO-FRIENDLY

 

If you aren’t really in the mood for DIY projects, there’s always the online or local choice.Search from dozens of online eco stores to select a non-expensive and truly personalised gift.Or, better still, head down and support your local businesses and producers where there’s no shortage of fresh or sustainable gift ideas.

 

So now that you're totally inspired, keep the momentum going and get that Christmas gift list sorted so you can avoid the cost and stress of waiting until the very last minute.

 

Happy Gift Preparation!

Shannon 

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