5 Tips for Ethical Gifting this Christmas
Christmas... "It's the most magical time of the year", or at least it should be!
It's also the busiest and possibly the most stressful time of the year too. Throw in ethical gifting and you've got a lot on your, already full, plate!
But it actually isn't as difficult as it sounds. With a few tweaks and changes here and there we can all play our part in making a difference and we hope that our 5 tips below will help when it comes to your shopping this year.
Tip 1. Gift Thoughtfully
Thoughtful presents that really brighten someone's day and put a big smile on their face are far more likely to be loved, kept and used, reducing the chances of them being thrown away and filling up landfills.
Check to see if gifts can be exchanged or returned before you buy and if you're really stuck for ideas, why not ask them what they would like. Better still, how about baking them something really delicious that they can savour and enjoy!
Tip 2. Plastic is NOT Fantastic
Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a Christmas where hardly anything gets thrown away? Luckily businesses and brands are becoming better and working hard to use less plastic in their packaging, making it easier for us to find gorgeous and well made plastic-free presents.
If you struggle to find plastic-free gifts then vouchers for spa days, gift experiences, restaurant meals and subscriptions all make amazing presents that create memories forever without the waste.
Whatever you do, you'll be making a difference!
Tip 3. Small Is Beautiful
Independent small businesses have been created with a dream and a lot of hard work. There is passion, strength and great values behind every brand and we encourage you to look beyond the high street and major retailers for your gifts this Christmas. You'll be surprised at how many local businesses there are near you offering unique, great quality products that are sourced locally and that can't be found in big high street or online chain stores.
You'll be bolstering the local economy, helping to create jobs, get better customer service, have a sense of community and above all, you'll feel great!
Tip 4. Less Is More
With retailers advertising Christmas earlier and earlier each year and a boom in pre-Christmas sales, it's all too easy to get swept up with the excitement of it all and end up buying presents for the sake of it.
Cheap generally means cheap so scale back this Christmas, gift purposefully and mindfully and spend more on one gift rather than lots of cheaper gifts that may not stand the test of time and end up in the rubbish bin.
Tip 5. Gift Consumables
Reduce waste and give presents that can be enjoyed and used up fairly quickly without causing clutter. Once they're gone, they're gone!
- Gift hampers containing food and drinks by new and upcoming small businesses. You can make your own or, if short on time, ideas and money, you can find many small businesses who will source amazing local produce and create a wonderful hamper for you without all of the individual postage costs and time spent trying to find such lovely products.
- Plastic-free bath and beauty products to create a relaxing spa experience at home.
- Seeds to plant and enjoy, or even to grow your own and eat.
- Chocolates - who doesn't love chocolate and there are so many amazing bean-to-bar UK businesses out there.
- Candles made from coconut or soy wax and beautifully scented with natural essential oils burn slowly and with no residue or smokiness giving off a gentle and wonderful scent.
An example of an ethical gift that we can send out directly to your loved ones and friends tis Christmas is our 'The Hamper' gift box. It is packed full with consumables from small businesses here in the UK and beautifully boxed with recyclable, biodegradable, renewable and compostable packaging. Where possible, we reuse any bubble wrap or packaging fillers and protection from the packaging from our suppliers.
With all of these tips in mind gifting ethically this Christmas really doesn't have to be daunting. It could even be fun and the feeling of doing something good will be more than worth it.
If you're totally stuck for ideas why not take a look at our Christmas gift box collection. They all contain products that are sourced either locally to us or from small UK businesses that we think are just fantastic. They are passionate, creative and always trying to find ways to improve quality and packaging.