Amanda shared a query on Facebook I’m sure many of us zero wasters can relate to.
The time has come for me to write a list of the things I would like for Christmas but I don’t really want anything!
I know that many of my family will absolutely not buy me second hand gifts or shop in charity shops and just want to pick something up online or in a supermarket.
Can anyone think of any zero waste things I could ask for? I’ve already got quite a lot of kit, including things like a flask, hot water bottle, cloth menstrual pads and hankies, and a kit to brew my own wine, but I’d really like to suggest people get me zero waste things if they have to get me anything at all…
Our fantastic community of Zero Heroes came up with loads of ideas, which I’m sharing here:
Zero Waste Christmas Gift ideas
Zero Waste Kit
You could choose items that help you live a more zero waste lifestyle such as stainless steel lunch boxes, glass straws or a fountain pen.
Zero Waste toiletries
Lush sell a good range of packaging free toiletries and in some cases you can return packaging to be recycled, plus you get a free sample or money off your next purchase – you could make a specific list or ask for vouchers to choose your own.
E-Books don’t create any waste and can be downloaded onto a kindle or smartphone. Alternatively you could ask for a digital magazine subscription for a year-long gift. If you’re giver is in a position to splash out, and you don’t already have one, you could request the Kindle.
Maybe there’s something you’ve always wanted to learn such as cookery, permaculture or sewing. Vouchers for a course could be a fun and empowering way to learn new skills.
If you really don’t want anything, suggest that people buy a charity gift – either a donation to a charity you are particularly supportive of or from a company such as Good Gifts where you can fund projects from a weeks hot dinners for a pensioner to training an African eye surgeon.
Think about it – you’re more likely to remember a great experience than a ‘thing’ by the time next Christmas comes around. What about a massage or theatre tickets? Vouchers to your favourite restaurant or tickets to an upcoming event or festival? A spa weekend can be a wonderful experience or long weekend in your favourite hotel, if your giver isn’t short of cash. Membership to the National Trust or English Heritage would be a 365 day present.
Hobbies and interests
Something that helps you adopt a ‘make do and mend’ approach can be useful – anything from some knitting needles and wool to a sewing machine. If you’re a gardener, you could ask for supplies such as garden tools. If you’re an avid cyclist, supplies for your bike would be fantastic. Music buffs could request downloads.
Acts of service
This is one of my favourites! Instead of things I like people to do things for me. One year my husband promised me a monthly full body massage – Mmmmm. My daughter put together a little book of vouchers that I could cash in throughout the year with things like “I’ll do the washing up” “I’ll vacuum the house” – these were wonderful to use when I was having a lazy day.
Indoor or outdoor plants make a great present. From a selection of herbs to grow on your kitchen windowsill to fruit trees, there’s something to help you be a little more self sufficient and reduce food waste.
In the kitchen
Can’t stand food waste or food packaging? Kilner jars make a great gift that can be used again and again. You might like a dehydrator, slow cooker or selection of plastic-free containers for batch freezing meals.
Asking for things that get eaten is a great way to avoid waste this Christmas – the Gifter might be happy to get you luxury versions of things you normally enjoy or they may let their creativity flourish and send you a hamper of home-made goodies.
Asking people to buy from WAHM (work at home Mums) or Etsy is a great way to vote with your money. If the giver has skills and talents of their own, tell them you’d love a home-made gift; after all you’ll get something unique and it’s the thought that counts.
What about you – how do you enjoy a zero waste Christmas?
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