It really is the most wonderful time of the year. The snow is (starting) to fall and the feeling of the holidays is in the air. We love this season for many reasons including family time, delicious meals and the fact that it’s the season for giving. Gifts come in all shapes and sizes, but they don’t need to break the bank. There are many ways to incorporate more sustainable gifts and gift giving practices into your holiday season and we want to help!
1. Buy Local
We are all about eating local, but we also believe buying local is equally important. Instead of visiting big box stores for your gifts, head to smaller, local stores in your community. Everyone is always looking for a good deal, but sometimes supporting your local community is worth spending a little extra, especially over the holidays! Another way to buy local this season is purchasing a gift card or subscription to a local CSA box. We have some CSA box suggestions on an earlier blog post here.
2. Give the Gift of Experience
Instead of purchasing a physical gift, give the gift of experience! Whether it’s purchasing tickets (e-tickets!) for a concert or play, heading out for a winter hike or even preparing a special meal. Sometimes experiences are the most thoughtful ways to show someone you care.
3. DIY Projects
Do it yourself projects are not only a fun weekend activity, but they can be some of the most thoughtful gifts that you can give! Bonus points if you can use supplies you have lying around your house. Have paint supplies? Paint an abstract photo. Have baking supplies? Create cookie or muffin mason jar recipes. All of these are great options for sustainable gifts that will help show off your creativity.
Have you ever regifted a gift? Regifting generally gets a bad rep, but in the right situations it can work! Have a gift that you know someone else will love? Regift it!
5. Eco-Friendly Wrapping
Incorporating more sustainability into your holiday gift giving is more than just about the gifts. Gift wrap can create a lot of waste every holiday season, so help reduce it. Some ways to reduce your gift wrap waste is to wrap with a reusable fabric cloth, using recycled paper (maps or newspapers), using reusable gift bags or purchasing recycled gift wrap. Instead of purchasing bows or ribbon, use natural materials! Find sticks, pine cones or even branches in nature and use them to give your gifts a natural touch.
If you want some more sustainable gift ideas, check out our Pinterest board. What sustainable gifts are you giving this holiday season? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and be sure to tag us. You can also follow the conversation on all things local food and sustainability by following #eatlocal.