Christmas gifts, a touchy subject.
It’s one of the few things most of us have to deal with that is non-essential to life. You think it’s just gifts, but it’s more politics than anything else.
Because not everyone is a gracious gift-givers or receiver. Everyone has their own idea of what Christmas gifts mean to them. To some, it’s super important and others see it as more of a nuisance than anything else.
There are as many opinions of what a Christmas gift should be like as there are people around us.
Unfortunately, this blog post won’t tell you how to deal with the politics of gift-giving or receiving. But it will give you a few ideas on how to be a bit more mindful about it all
Because there are a few ways to make sure to have a more sustainable Christmas gift experience.
1. Write a wish list – It might take a bit of the surprise out of it. BUT at least you know that you will get something you really will love and use. And you will also be able to give the people you care about things they love and will use. It takes the guessing out of the gifting. (You can always make a long-ish list if you still want to be surprised).
2. Wish for experiences – Memories never get left in the trash. It’s one of the very few things in this world that actually stay with you for your whole life.
3. Wish for and give second-hand gifts – I send the husband screenshots of my Vestiaire Collective – affiliate link wishlist. (Cashmere is always a hit)
4. Re-gift – We all have amazing things at home just sitting and collecting dust. Why not give away some of the treasures we have collected over the years? Why does everything have to be brand new?
5. Return unwanted gifts – There is no reason to keep something you don’t like and won’t use just because you feel obliged to. I know it’s hard, especially when it comes to family, but if you can’t return it – sell or re-gift. It’s all in the cause of sustainability and living with less.
6. Buy from sustainable brands – At least then your money is supporting the good side of the industry. There are many amazing sustainable and ethical brands out there. At least have a look.
7. Buy quality over quantity – Why not pool together and buy one large amazing gift you know they will love rather than many small half-nice ones?
…this is just a few little ways we can be mindful at one of the most wasteful times of the year.
Do you have any other suggestions on how we can be more sustainable Christmas gift givers and receivers?
My outfit is by sustainable brand Freya Lillie (gift) and my bag is Chanel.
Photo – Roz Alcazar