December is the most wonderful time of the year to spend some time with friends and family, but it also includes dinners with the wasted food, unwanted presents and unnecessary packaging. Minimize waste by sustainable gifts such as donations and experiences, or gifts made from recycled materials.
Here are some conscious Christmas gift ideas to help make this festive season a sustainable season.
If you know someone who is passionate about the planet, why not make a donation to Friends of the Earth on their behalf? Your Christmas gift will help fund their work in 2020 to protect the climate.
Or you could put the planet on your own Christmas list and make a donation yourself. For each gift you'll receive a personalized e-certificate.
All Plants’ good mood food will make your crazy busy friend, exhausted new parent, wellness-obsessed colleague or planet-passionate sibling know how much you love them. Make someone’s day with a 6-dish box they can fill with their favourites. You can choose portions for one or two. All Plants will send you an email with the gift details attached. You can email it to your lucky someone, or print and gift it in person.
Want your loved one get even closer to the art? This Christmas, give them an experience too big to wrap. Our special mention goes to Southbank Centre’s gift membership. Your loved one will get the first chance to book for go-down-in-history gigs, captivating classical concerts, blockbuster talks and thought-provoking literature events, with priority booking for every show. Plus, they’ll get free entry to eye-popping art at their iconic Hayward Gallery and a Members’ Cafe-Bar on the top floor of Royal Festival Hall, featuring knockout views of London.
Give thoughtful sustainable gifts whilst supporting independent UK brands. Wearth London is a website which has 125 UK brands selling eco-friendly and ethical products including beauty items, toiletries, homewares, furniture and gifts. You can discover all of their zero waste gifts by using the plastic-free filter. Everything on the website is vegan-friendly and hasn't been tested on animals.
Who doesn’t love a plant and even better if it produces something edible. It’s the gift that keeps on giving and one that can offer a lifetime of mindful experiences. Patch Plants offers edible herbs, fruits and vegetables.
A vacation away is an ideal Christmas present for someone that deserves a little time out. An eco-glamping place like Cotna Eco Retreat has created an eco-friendly experience in nature to either take your loved one or friend or gift the experience to them.