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Gift Giving

Rethink gift giving this holiday season by giving gifts that promote and encourage waste reduction. 

Give experiences instead of things

Make new memories by giving experiences instead of things. Plan a trip together, have a nice meal out, get pampered at the spa, or purchase tickets to a sports event or concert.

Give experiences

Made to last

Skip the cheap trinkets and purchase practical, quality gifts that the person will actually use and will last a long life span.

Eco-friendly gifts

Give a gift that friends and family can use to help reduce their waste footprint. Some ideas include: beeswax food wrappers, reusable mugs/bottles or lunch boxes, bamboo toothbrushes, stainless steel straws, or houseplants. 

Beeswax food wrap. Photo and product from: Abeego

Beeswax paper

Stainless steel straws. Photo and product from: A Greener Future

Stainless steel straws

Bamboo toothbrushes

Bamboo toothbrush

There's also cool products made from recovered materials like ocean plastic. 

Adidas Parley Shoes

Adidas Parley Shoes

Jenga Ocean

Jenga Ocean Plastic

Sunglasses

Re-gifting=reusing

Received a gift you don’t want or need (or like)? There’s nothing wrong with re-gifting! Instead of buying new just regift it to someone else who will use it. 

Don't forget your reusable shopping bag

More than one billion single use plastic bags are handed out in Canada every year. Most of these are handed out during the holiday season, so always make sure you bring a reusable bag with you when doing your holiday shopping.

Purchase gifts with minimal packaging

Many products are covered in layers of single-use packaging. Try purchasing products that have minimal packaging and use recycled content. 

Donate unwanted items

Donate any unwanted holiday decorations or gifts to a local charity.

Make your own gifts

Save money and reduce packaging waste by making your own gifts such as baked goods in reusable containers, homemade bath bombs, homemade jewelry, or mason jar gifts.

Host a gift swap

After the holidays why not host a holiday gift swap party with friends, family, or colleagues. Not only is it a great way to find a home for your unwanted gifts, it’s an opportunity to together with people over the holidays.

Add a personal touch

Instead of buying cards, either make your own using recyclable paper or send an e-card. There are lots of great websites where you can make personalized animated or traditional holiday cards sent right to your friends and family’s inbox.

Add value

Give someone the gift that keeps on giving. Memberships or courses, such as yoga, sewing, cooking, or bike maintenance. Give people the chance to develop a skill as well as indulging in a hobby or passion.

Learn a new skill

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