Sustainable Christmas Gift Ideas

Sustainable Christmas Gift Ideas

Wrapping paper, plastic gift packaging, and excess mountains of food - a whole lot of Christmas ends up in our landfills every year. Don’t let unwanted gifts add to the pile! Tonkin _ Taylor's Kākāriki team has thought of a few simple steps for gift-giving to help you have a more sustainable Christmas.

1 - “What do they really want (or need) this Christmas?”

Move aside secretive Santa, why not simply ask the person you’re buying for what they really want or need? Alternatively, ask someone close to them for a little more secrecy!

2  - The gift of AMAZING memories

Consider gifting an experience instead of buying a physical gift you’re not sure the person wants or needs! This experience could be an adventure voucher from Grabone, or a homemade ‘voucher’ for a lunch date with yourself (win-win) - it works a charm for grandparents!

Experience gift ideas:

  • Check out the Grabone deals in your region: https://new.grabone.co.nz/
  • Massage and/or facial
  • Ice skating voucher
  • Stunt car or speedway driving experience
  • Local scenic boat cruise
  • Concert, Ballet, Circus, or Theatre tickets
  • Voucher for their favourite restaurant or café
  • Homemade voucher for a ‘Lunch on me’
  • Homemade voucher for ‘Two hours of gardening work by me’

The Charitable Gift ideas:

3  - Physical gift ideas

Gift giving is a special part of Christmas for many families, for those who are keen to gift something, consider gifting items that are sustainable, consciously made, and/or support local business!

For the ‘I love you, on a budget’ (under $20)

  • Homemade baking (e.g. homemade cookies in a cute jar from the op shop with a ribbon)
  • Produce bags for fruit and vegetables at the supermarket
  • Metal drinking straws
  • Bag to make nut mylk from Rethink bags
  • Grow succulent clippings in cute teacups from the op sho

For the small humans

For the humans who like bags & beauty

For all the humans

4  -  Good gift websites for browsing all the things