Christmas is a great time of the year. No matter your faith, it’s the time where we all find excuses to get together and spend quality time with loved ones. The problem I see with Christmas is the fact that all the affection and love we are supposed to share with our family and friends needs to be translated in gifts. Materialistic and often times unnecessary gifts are exchanged simply because, that’s the norm.
In our home, we haven’t exchanged gifts in over 3 years and instead we exchange experiences or just nothing…everything we need, we have or have organised ourselves to purchase when the time comes. We rather not spend money on things and instead we save for other plans such as traveling, etc…
Sustainable & Local Gift Ideas for Christmas
I understand that not everyone is keen on not having a gift exchange, that’s why I compiled a list of my favourite brands which you can buy locally (in Australia) and support small businesses that really care for the environment.
These 2 sisters from the Gold Coast set to create a zero waste shop selling reusable and sustainable zero waste products. Check out their range of bags, toothbrushes, containers and other earth-friendly products.
Rhiannon is another beautiful soul working to spread the message of plastic pollution and offering handmade products such as bread bags, face wipes, snack bags and her best-seller market bag (the perfect way to shop!)
Living on the coast makes beach towels an essential…and there’s literally nothing better than these towels from Lalen. Seda, the owner and Turkish queen of towels sources the Turkish towels from sustainable cotton farmers and uses a blend of bamboo for a luxurious feel. The towels are made by locals in Turkey who are paid fair wages and produce high quality towels. These are special because of their high absorbency, large size but compact to travel.
Botanist Aromatherapy are from the Sunshine Coast and create beautiful bath salts, oils and air sprays infused with crystals. The perfect gift for your girlfriends, these products are hand poured and cruelty free and also all delivered plastic free.
Although not from Australia, the beautiful Isla & Olive offers reusable and natural skincare with a focus in zero waste practices. All of her products are naturally made and sourced ethically and damn do they look good.
If you are looking for anything else, try Biome. They offer all things plastic free, zero waste, palm oil & cruelty free and are a great hub for anyone who wants to shop sustainably. Now they even offer a range of slow fashion.
So what will be on your Christmas shopping list? Maybe a zero waste kit? Or a DIY facial mask? Whatever you pick, choose a sustainable and earth-loving option that you know will be well used.
Happy (eco) Christmas shopping!
Peace & Love,