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. Some great ideas include:
- Plan a trip together
- Gift certificate for a nice meal out
- Get pampered at the spa
- Lift tickets to hit the slopes
- Tickets to a movie, sports event, show, or concert
- Visit a museum, art gallery, or local attraction
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.
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
Stainless steel straws. Photo and product from: A Greener Future
There's also cool products made from recovered materials like ocean plastic.
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
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.
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.