Is it possible to give a zero waste Christmas gift?
Christmas is a time of year often associated with excess.
But it is totally possible for us all to do our bit to reduce the amount of waste and over-consumption of yet more STUFF by consciously choosing to gift a zero waste gift this Christmas.
Great ways to tackle the zero waste gift challenge include creating handmade gifts, shopping for pre-loved second hand gifts, giving experiences instead of physical gifts or giving gifts that aren’t swathed in single-use plastic.
Of course one of the best ways to deal with zero waste Christmas gifts is to do what the adults in our family have done for the last few years.
We selected a charity and all agreed to gift money to that charity on behalf of every adult who we would previously have bought a gift for.
But if you really love gift giving in its truest sense, but want to do your bit for zero waste, here’s a list of ideas for zero waste Christmas gifts you can give to the ones you love this Christmas.
Zero waste Christmas gift ideas
Reusable bamboo fibre coffee cup
Did you know that around 100 billion single-use coffee cups go to landfill each year?
These make great zero waste Christmas gift ideas for anyone who loves coffee.
Not only will you be helping them towards zero waste, you’ll also be helping them save money if they make their coffee at home.
I love this eCoffee cup, which I bought from Paperchase, because it is made from bamboo fibre and therefore 100% BPA free.
eCoffee cup | Paperchase
Give an experience!
Half of the joy for the recipient will be that you’ve done all the organising.
Here are a few ideas to pique your imagination…
Tickets to a sporting event, tickets to the recipient’s favourite band, a brewery or wine tour, pre-book and pay for a meal at a restaurant.
Mason Jar gifts
Mason Jars are brilliant!
Of course they are great for storage.
But they are also great for creating homemade gifts in.
How gorgeous is it to receive all the kit you need to make delicious chocolate brownies?
I love this simple Mason Jar brownie gift idea from Baking With Granny.
Then… the Mason Jar can be made use of once the gift is used.
Chocolate brownies in a jar | Baking With Granny
We’ve got a post with more ideas for brilliant Mason Jar Christmas gift ideas.
Take a peak and get your creative juices flowing.
Plant seeds or plants
Either gift seeds for plants that can be planted in the spring.
Go for vegetable seeds and you’re also giving the gift of food!
Or gift a plant.
Do your research and make sure the plant is suitable for the person you’re giving it to.
Maybe stick to cacti if they aren’t great at remembering to water!!
Stainless steel water bottle
Single-use plastic is a massive issue.
Reducing the amount of single-use plastic bottles of water and juice bought each year will go a long way to helping reduce the amount of single-use plastic in the world.
Buying a stainless steel water bottle is a GREAT way to do this.
Bonus – they come in all sorts of cool colours and patterns and because they are stainless steel, they keep water at a lovely drinkable temperature.
I literally take my water bottle with me every day.
Bogi Stainless Steel Water Bottle | Buy Now
Now here is a truly zero waste Christmas gift idea!
The array of courses and lessons you can now take online is quite staggering.
Whether you know someone who loves to craft or someone who would love to improve their photography, there is a course out there.
There are also courses for health and fitness, learning to play a musical instrument and all manor of academic and vocational subjects.
I’m rather partial to Craftsy, which has a vast array of tutorials and classes for makers.
Glass liquid soap dispenser
Want to buy someone special something special for their home as a Christmas gift?
A glass liquid soap dispenser can come in many styles and means that it just needs to be refilled – there are companies like Method who do liquid soap refills – rather than being replaced with a new dispenser every time the soap runs out.
I bought this soap dispenser by Bloomingville, the Nordic home and interiors brand.
Soap dispenser | Bloomingville
If this style isn’t for you, they have a bunch of other styles.
Soda Stream with glass bottle
How very retro!
Anyone growing up in the 80s would likely have got bizzy with a fizzy Soda Stream.
Then they went totally out of favour.
But Soda Stream is BACK!
We’ve had one for three years and absolutely love it.
Plus we have a bunch of friends and family who also now have them as a result of seeing ours in action.
Just make sure to go for the Soda Stream with a glass bottle.
Soda Stream | Amazon
Homemade sweets and candy
Now this is one for if you have the time… and the willpower!
Homemade candy is the most delicious gift to give.
Use a Mason Jar to gift it in for an extra special touch
One of the most popular Christmas posts on Mums Make Lists is for Christmas candy recipes.
We’ve also got a post specifically on candy you can make in the slow cooker… Crockpot candy recipes.
Now this doesn’t have to be hugely expensive.
You can find some wonderful vintage pieces that will feel unique to their owner.
If you’ve not got time to trawl vintage fairs and stores, pop over to Etsy.
They have a wide array of vintage jewellery pieces at all price points.
I hope these ideas have got you started with your Zero waste Christmas gift list.
I’ll add to the list as ideas come to mind.
More zero waste Christmas gift ideas
Here’s a bunch of other ideas that should hopefully help get you inspired…
Reusable cosmetic pads (cotton wool)
Digital magazine subscription
Homemade spice blends
Family photography gift vouchers
Solid shampoo and conditioner bars – Lush make great ones!
Organic bamboo kitchen equipment – chopping boards, utensils, dish cloths
Bulk bags of delicious fairtrade coffee
Homemade infused olive oil – super quick to make but highly impressive presented in a glass bottle
Soy wax candles in glass containers
Bamboo travel utensils
Bee’s Wrap Reusable Wraps
Massage gift certificate
Netflix or Now TV subscription
Stainless steel food containers
Stainless steel drinking straws
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