Christmas is fast approaching.
You haven’t bought any gifts yet and you are overwhelmed by the thought of both thinking up ideas and navigating busy stores. Furthermore, you’re more woke than ever and currently somewhere on the scale from a bit annoyed to downright boiling from the ears about mass consumerism we take part of during this time of year. Top it off with a dose of us telling you to slow down and take it easy, and I can assume that some of you have had about enough. Don’t worry, I’m here to help.
Buying gifts during the holidays can be quite hectic. Some of us are traveling for the holidays while others of us are balancing keeping children entertained with finding time to go shopping, to planning out what the holiday celebrations will look like. All the while trips to the store to buy gifts seem daunting but inevitable. How do we manage it?
Instead of getting the latest in plasticy gadgetry, why not have an eco friendly theme for your gifts this year? IMO, this is a good idea for several reasons. First, the obvious is that you are buying products that have low/no impact on the environment in the first place. Next, by purchasing the eco-friendly gifts recommended below, you are actually contributing to less future consumption and waste because they are high quality and reusable. Third, most people don’t use eco-friendly products yet, so it’s a perfect opportunity to get them started. And if they do, they would be appreciative of additional supplies. Eco gifts are a conversation starter and a gentle way to invite someone to think about how much waste we generate. And not to be forgotten; if you are into earth tones and textures, eco-products offer a really beautiful design element as well that you just don’t get with their plastic, mainstream, counterparts. Most of these are in the $20-30 range or less. If you do want to shop around for a cheaper alternative, please just do a quick search on the company that’s producing it. Not all eco-labeled products are actually coming from good, sustainable situations, so just double check before you go for the cheapest version.
So now I’ve convinced you, here are my picks:
Beeswax Wraps –
These things can completely replace plastic wrap. It sticks to itself and bowls like plastic wrap does, except not in the obnoxious, frustratingly clingy way. They start out quite stiff but loosen up as you use them. The care is easy: just wash, rinse and dry after use. They don’t hold smell and can be reused over and over again. Most say, you can get a year of hard use out of them before they need replacing. They are compostable which is rad. If you’ve got time on your hands and are looking for projects, you can definitely DIY these, too.
Bamboo-Handled Razor –
This is a cool gift idea for anyone who shaves. I love that this is a high quality, intimate, but non-gendered gift item. This thing will last for a long time, getting rid of the need for plastic disposable razors or the plastic razor attachments. Also, it looks beautiful. The one here comes with instructions (Shaving with a safety razor is different than what you may be used to) as well as instructions for homemade shaving recipes. Apparently, there is a bit of a learning curve when switching over, so make sure the gift recipient is aware of that and has read instructions before jumping in.
Produce Bags –
By now, most of us are already using reusable shopping bags and totes, but few people are using reusable produce bags. This is a perfect gift for anyone who already is used to bringing their own bags to shop with. Instead of using the convenient, plastic rolled up bags next to the produce, you use these. It has the weight on them for ease at the checkout.
Bamboo Cutlery –
My mind exploded a bit earlier this year when I found out that plastic cutlery is not recyclable. I had been rationalizing their use by telling myself that plastic that strong haaaaad to be the kind that was recyclable. Well whoopsidoodle, it’s not. Then, walking around the local farmer’s market with food stands and samples… woof. So this year, I bought 2 sets of these nice sets, and I’m gifting them both to Lisa. We’ll be able to throw them into our day bags and be able to turn down the plastic option. 🙂
Reusable, Sealable Bags –
Sometimes, you just need a ziplock bag. I get it. One of my favorite ways to cook the past few years has been Sous Vide, but that requires a food-safe bag with an airtight seal. Because of this, I have really cut down on cooking Sous Vide, reserving it for special occasions with expensive cuts that I want to be perfect. So I’m really excited about these reusable silicone food and temperature-safe sealable bags that can do anything a ziplock can.
Metal Straws with Case –
There has been quite a stir this year around plastic straws, and rightly so. They cause havoc in our oceans but until this year, it seems no one gave a thought about it, save for the ‘in the know’ environmentalists. That makes reusable straws a great gift idea for this year. This one I’ve recommended comes with cases, straw cleaners, and some extras, so you could even break it apart and give straw gifts to a few people with one purchase. There’s awesome bamboo options available as well, but I prefer the weight of the metal ones.
WoodWe Cases –
Recently, we partnered tip with WoodWe for a giveaway. WoodWe is a small, Lithuanian company full of creatives offering beautiful products. As a reminder, we only partner and recommend products that are in line with our own beliefs. WoodWe definitely is. Both nature lovers and lovers of aesthetics, we have been in love with our real-wood MacBook cases. If you’re looking for a slightly pricier but super special gift for a hard-to-shop-for nature/tech lover, consider a product from WoodWe. You can also use our code ‘thiscolorfulworld’ at checkout for 20% off. You need to order this directly from the WoodWe site as they aren’t sold through Amazon.
We advocate shopping locate, and shopping small whenever possible, yet I’ve given links to Amazon pages. What gives? Well, not everyone has access to eco-friendly gift options where they live. And even those that do, may not want to go into stores around Christmas. Heck, full disclosure, I ordered most of my gifts online this year. (Lisa’s not allowed to read this blog post until after X-mas). I do want to point out the fact that many of the products above do come from small, family-run companies and that would next to impossible to find locally for most of us. Don’t let perfection be the enemy of progress.
If you start a 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime, you can still get most of these things delivered to your door before Christmas (Definitely check the estimated delivery before ordering though). If you are allergic to memberships, you can cancel afterward.
So how about you? Any cool green ideas you’ve thought up for the holiday season? Let me know in the comments.
Alrighty-o. I’m outta here. I promised Lisa some help on some administration stuff so I better hop to it. Hopefully, this list will come in handy for anyone who is looking for some eco-friendly, unique and affordable gift ideas. <3
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