From juggling a budget to having no idea what the person wants, giving gifts is hard and often involves a lot of waste. Here are some tips to give a zero waste gift that is better for your wallet and the environment.
Gift an experience
Experiences create far more memories than physical items, and are a great way to spend quality time with a friend or loved one. Why not gift a cooking class, a movie, a massage or a ski lift pass. Reduce your waste further by gifting a digital ticket instead of a paper one.
Gift something that will stand the test of time
Choose high quality items made from strong materials that will last for years to come. Avoid passing trends and buy with a long life in mind.
Gift to help others on their waste-free journey
Gifting a reusable coffee cup, beeswax wrap or reusable bag is a perfect- and useful- gift for anyone from your dad to your workmate. These gifts will encourage the recipient to reduce their own waste, which is a win-win.
Homemade gifts are personalised, thoughtful and made with love. Reduce waste by baking, sewing or crafting.
Gift a donation
Donate to a charity on behalf of the recipient in place of a present, or give a gift card which can be used to donate to a charity of their choice.
There are so many ways to gift waste free. You might start a conversation that encourages someone else to start their zero waste journey too.