The holidays don’t have be to riddled with waste. You’ve come to the right place if you’re in search of affordable zero waste gifts. I’ve compiled five options that will be sure to impress without breaking the bank!
Make a donation in their name
Have a friend who you love dearly but thinks essential oils are the cure for polio? A fantastic low-waste gift option is a vaccination donation in their name.
Jokes aside, with a $50 donation you can provide 62 life saving vaccinations to children in need.
Or, if $50 is a bit more than you’d like to spend. UNICEF offers other survival gifts which range from $10 and up. So you can customize specifically to your budget.
Humanitarian efforts aren’t your friends gig? There’s an abundance of choices.
WWF offers an Adopt an Animal donation－this option is perfect for the children in your life because you can choose to send them a plush toy with the animal they’ve “adopted.” Or, if you’re dead set on zero-waste you can choose a thank you card instead.
If neither of those choices tickle your fancy, choose to donate to a local charity. I’m sure there’s no shortage of charities in your neighbourhood looking for some extra help.
Low Waste alternatives for the home
In my Home Gift Guide, I share quite a few low waste alternatives for household use. Abeego Beeswax wrap is one of my all-time personal favourite low waste gifts because they’re a sustainable company whose main goal is to keep your food fresh and save you money. Cha Ching!
There’s also the option of Reusable Produce bags which can really help cut down on excess single-use plastics. I encourage you to take a gander and see if there’s any low waste choices that might suit your recipient.
Quality Time, there’s nothing like it
I’m going to make the grand assumption that you’re purchasing a gift for someone you like. If not, I advise you not to waste your money and send a card instead. Here’s a link to some holiday cards that give back.
But, if you enjoy spending time with this person opt to attend an event or even just arrange to spend time with them. We can become so carried away with our busy schedules that even the gift of presence can be the best.
Create with love
Are you artistic? Well, use your skills and make something from scratch! Using up-cycled materials would be a real bonus.
Or write them a funny haiku. Everyone loves haikus.
Put your oven to work
The old adage says the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I think that’s incredibly sexist. I also have a love of tasty food and a real sweet tooth. As an adult who buys their own groceries, I’m also very fond of free food.
I hope this list provided everything that you’d hoped for. Let me know in the comments if there’s any great zero waste gift ideas you think I may have missed!