15 Sustainable Christmas Gift Ideas + Zero Waste Wrappings
A wonderful day to you!
So we're nearing the end of December and you're probably gettin all cosy for a Christmas get-together.
Now if you're like me, you want to gift the people you love and appreciate something that is valuable for them, but that is sustainable and friendly for the planet as well.
And no, eco-friendly gifts aren't necessarily more expensive. Sustainable and ethical gifts can be cheap, easy to find or quick to make too!
For your inspiration I put together this list of 15 sustainable christmas gift ideas, from homemade vegan chocolates to inspiring audiobooks and selfcare products.
We'll wrap things up with 7 zero-waste gift wrapping ideas.
15 Sustainable Christmas Gift Ideas
homemade vegan goodies in a jar
If you like to cook, this is one of the most enjoyable ways to share your love with someone. Transform your energy into delicious food, put in a beautiful container and give with love ♥
Who doesn't love granola? Give this to your granola-loving relatives as an attentive and delicious gift. This grain-free granola from Minimalist Baker looks absolutely divine!
Herbs are wonderful and everyone uses them, so they make an ideal low-budget but high-value gift for anyone. Put them into a nice little container so your friend can reuse that as well.
dried herbs from your garden
If you have a herb garden, you probably have more than plenty herbs for your own use. So why not dry some extra to give away this Christmas? Herbs are a wonderful source of healing phytonutrients. By gifting them to a friend, you show them that you care about their health and wellbeing.
personalized herbal tea mix
This makes such an attentive gift. Assemble a personalized herbal tea mix with dried herbs and flowers from your garden. You could give it a cute name like Tranquilitea or Morning Gratitude for example.
Another low-budget gift that you can easily make yourself! All you need is some good-quality raw sea salt and any dried herbs you think the other person may enjoy. Simply mix course salt and herbs in a bowl, then transfer into a nice little jar, put a ribbon on... and give with love ♥
seeds or a plant yearling
Encourage others to plant seeds by giving them dried seeds from fruits or vegetables from your garden, so they can enjoy them too! Your friend doesn't have a garden? No problem. Give them an indoor plant yearling that will enliven their home ♥
chai spice mix
One chai a day keeps the Winter blues away... Make your own chai spice blend with ginger, nutmeg, cardemom, cloves, black pepper and cinnamon. Put in a reusable glass jar with a cute ribbon, add a little love note and you have an awesome handmade gift.
Bring festive sparkles to the party with a bottle of homebrew kombucha. It's not only delicious, it's also really healthy! Giving something healthy to someone shows them that you care ahout their health and wellbeing.
A very low-budget, zero-waste & super-useful gift: fill a recyclable jar with edible dried goods like a nut & fruit mix, granola, cookies, dried herbs, or anything else you think the other person will enjoy!
seeds to sprout
An exceptionally eco-friendly, low-budget and life-giving gift ♥
No better way to show someone you care about them than to give them selfcare products like magnesium oil, magnesium flakes, dead sea mineral bath salts, essential oils, eco-friendly candles, tonic herb teas...
Or if you feel like it, you can even make products yourself! Why don't you try this DIY coconut aloe skin lotion — and bring me some too?
locally handcrafted gifts
Do you know anyone in your neighboorhoud who makes candles, soap, clothes, cakes? Yes? Why don't you support them this Christmas by buying one of their products for a gift?
bookmark w/ a personal touch
Leaf through a magazine, pick an image or colour palette that you like, cut bookmark-size, glue a blank sheet of paper to the other side, add something personal like a quote, a personal note, a shared memory, a drawing... Et voilà! A very quick, easy-to-make and super-personal gift.
donation to a good cause
What about giving something back to the world this Christmas? Instead of giving someone a physical gift, donate in their name to a green cause like for example the Environmental Working Group (EWG), Greenpeace, WWF, Ecotrust, Oxfam or another local charity that you care about.
There's many good causes that even give something back for your donation — or if you definitely want to buy a physical gift, you can pick something useful from their online gift shops like a tote bag or a hoodie.
useful gift cards
We all need food and clothes, right? Why not give someone a very useful gift voucher for a nice ethical/ vegan/ eco/ fairtrade clothing brand?* Or maybe even a gift card for their local organic grocery shop?
subscription to local farmer's fruit & veg packets
If you're giving to someone with a low income, this makes an amazing gift. Thanks to you, they'll receive fresh fruit and veggies forom their local farmer. If you don't know if there's a farmer who does something like this near them, simply look up local farmer addresses on Google or visit The Food Assembly for more information.
inspiring ebook or audiobook
Pass on the inspiration by giving an e-book or audiobook that inspired you in some way. No inspiration yet? I most recently enjoyed listening to Abundance Now by Lisa Nichols. Also this Love Yourself e-book by the wonderful Alyse Brautigam from Raw Alignment seems like a lovely gift to show anyone that you care about them!
Finally, here are some ideas to wrap your gifts without wasting paper or plastic:
Good ol' newspaper.
Recycled or reusable glass jars.
A paper bag or cardboard box (think bread bags, shoeboxes, post packages).
Use recycled ribbons from clothes or past gifts.
Name tag: cut out a nice image or colour palette from a magazine and stick white paper to the other side.
Add flowers, twigs and dried leaves for decoration.
What will you give this Christmas? Any ideas that are not on this list yet?