NEW HAVEN, United States — Christmas is that time of the year when we get together and enjoy friendship and family. It’s also the time of the year where we all get excited about gift giving and receiving. If you’re the eco-conscious type, like so many of us are these days, you’ll be thinking about ways to give that special someone a gift without compromising your morals to do so. Read on to learn about eight great eco-friendly gifts for any budget.
A Great Way to Clean Laundry
Be the coolest giver at any party this year. Give the gift of detergent-free clean laundry. Soap nuts, which are also known as Chinese soap berries are a natural laundry solution that won’t break the bank. Not only are they earth-friendly, they’re also great for allergy sufferers and those with sensitive skin. Plus, their use goes beyond just laundry to any place you would usually use soap, such as doing the dishes and washing the car!
Do you know someone who loves unique gifts? Perhaps there’s someone in your life that would love wine glasses? From wine glasses to lemon slicing boards, recycled glassware and drinkware comes in many shapes and sizes. You might find a recycled Bombay Sapphire bottle or recycled confetti deftly made into a usable masterpiece.
A Magical Dishcloth
Okay, it’s not magical but surely anyone would think this dishcloth is cool. It looks like a square of paper, only it’s not what it appears to be. This dishcloth is beautiful and decorative when dry, and it replaces paper towels, sponges and other towels. It can be used anywhere around the house AND lasts 9 to 12 months. If that weren’t enough, then consider the fact that it’s biodegradable and can be washed 200 times before it needs to be tossed out. This one might even be cool enough to get some kids to do their chores.
Science and Sustainability
Whether you have a picky kid on the list or an amateur gardener, this unique gift will wow even the toughest of your mates. A water garden is visually appealing and allows you to grow your own food. From sprouts to herbs, this garden will fill your belly while giving a pet fish a happy home. A water garden is fun, educational and memorable.
Kneading Some Fun
This one’s strictly for the kids. Give the young children in your life a safe, non-toxic toy for hours of creativity. Eco-dough is a plant-based alternative to traditional modelling clays and Playdough. From pretend birthday cakes to model houses, Eco-dough will occupy your children on a rainy afternoon or a cold winter’s morning.
Upcycled Bags Carry Weight
With plastic bag bans in Brazil, China and many other countries as well as discouragement in many more, why not buy upcycled bags for your trendy friends and relatives? Upcycled grocery bags are just one gift option. There are a wide variety of purses, wallets, messenger bags and pencil cases created from plastic bags and other materials, which would normally be stacking up in landfills. Your gift isn’t just for the present, it’s also for a cleaner future.
Distinctive and Fun
Do you need to buy a gift for a jewelry lover? Try upcycled jewellery. There are as many varieties, ideas and types as there are people and items range from exclusive to playful and lighthearted. Sustainably sourced diamonds and bottle cap earrings are just a few of the many items you’ll find in this category.
A Gift from the Heart
There are many eco-friendly gift choices to satisfy your toughest critic; however, the best gifts are truly the kind you create with your own two hands. A handmade gift may be cherished for a lifetime, and reflects the love you feel for the receiver in your heart. Check out these great upcycling gift ideas.
At the end of the day, don’t forget it’s not the money you spend but the feeling in your heart.