A quick internet search will reveal that there is no shortage of “green gift” guides out there. Some of which have some pretty great ideas, and some of which leave a little to be desired (or a lot!). Trying to wade through all of the trendy suggestions can make your head spin.
Instead, may we suggest keeping it simple this year? And we’re not talking Martha Stewart-esque simple-but-not-actually-simple DIY mega projects either. Just…simple, and kind to the planet.
Though it sounds cliche these days, time is still one of the most appreciated gifts that you can give someone. Take a friend out for coffee. Build an epic blanket fort for your niece or nephew. Invite a bunch of people over for a holiday movie night. It doesn’t have to be over the top to bring joy to those you love.
Similarly, buying an experience for someone instead of an unnecessary gadget can go a long way towards lessening your holiday impact on the environment. And what do you know, people love it! Give your friend something to look forward to by buying them a day’s kayak rental. Or maybe tickets to a concert or sporting event.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a holiday gift guide without suggesting the dreaded DIY projects. Did you know that you can make some very simple items that people will actually like? You can make a big batch of natural homemade laundry soap in short time with just a few ingredients. Mason jar beeswax candles are another super simple option that’s sure to please. Do a quick internet search for “upcycling” and you’ll be treated to a host of ideas for turning old worn out items into something new and useful.
And now it’s time for the best idea of all…FOOD! Cookies, fudge, toffee, brittle. The possibilities are endless. But here’s the thing – you don’t need to give people a massive pile of treats. A few choice morsels are just as satisfying, and even more appreciated once the holidays are over. Don’t forget about savoury treats too. Some spiced cashews are sure to be a hit.
Throughout the holiday season, don’t forget to minimize your waste any way that you can. We would love to be a part of your “green” Christmas this year, so make sure to bring in your worn out lights, your festive drink bottles and cans, and any old electronics that Santa may be replacing with something new.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Island Return It!