Give Mother Nature a Gift: 7 Tips to Eco-Friendly Christmas Shopping PLUS a few gift ideas Santa hasn’t even thought of!

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Give Mother Nature a Gift: 7 Tips to Eco-Friendly Christmas Shopping PLUS a few gift ideas Santa hasn’t even thought of!

Ah, the holiday season – it's the most magical time of the year!

From the festivities to the joyful moments, there's plenty to adore about this season. But amidst the cheer, there's a downside - the holiday waste that piles up amidst the wrapping paper and turkey leftovers. This makes sustainable shopping a priority during this joyful rush.

 Thankfully, being eco-friendly is more manageable than ever. We've gathered some top-notch tips to get you started: 

 1.Opt for Quality Over Quantity

Despite the allure of numerous gifts, it's not about the quantity; it's about what’s inside. Honouring Mother Nature while awaiting Santa involves shopping with intention. Even small shifts, like supporting local businesses, can make a significant impact and offer unique, longer-lasting gifts.

 2.Shop with Purpose

The best gifts aren’t always the priciest; they're the thoughtful ones. Despite the glitz and glamour of the season, practical gifts pack a punch. From socks and lunch box bags to stainless-steel water bottles (like the ones from Klean Kanteen)  and our Bobo&Boo Bamboo Dinnerware tick all the boxes for conscious consumers!

 

excited girl opening her Christmas present

3. Mindful of Batteries

Many toys, especially those for kids, come with batteries. The downside? These power packs have a short lifespan and end up in landfills, leaking harmful chemicals. To minimize this, consider battery-free gifts or items that charge via USB. Rechargeable batteries are also a sustainable alternative!

4.Unleash Your Creativity

You don't need Santa's crafty elves to create magical gifts. There are plenty of easy DIY projects you can enjoy at home, from eco-friendly bath bombs to homemade lip glosses and slime. 

5.Gift Experiences

Sometimes, experiences trump possessions. Consider gifting an experience aligned with the recipient's passions, like museum tickets, a day at the cinema, a kids' cooking class, or even wildlife conservation memberships. When you think outside the box, the possibilities are endless!

6.Gifts That Keep Giving

Subscriptions are the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. Consider a toilet paper subscription from Who Gives a Crap, craft boxes for kids, or engaging magazine subscriptions. For eco-conscious gifting, swap out traditional cleaning products for modern, sustainable alternatives.

And of course, nothing says Christmas like shopping from non-profit organizations contributing to our planet's conservation!

bobo&boo in a Christmas Bag

7.Minimize Packaging

Let's talk about packaging! Imagine this: a beautifully potted flower wrapped in layers of cellophane, ribbons, and balloons. The gift is green, but the excessive plastic packaging isn’t. Minimize waste by using Kraft paper, reusing gift boxes and wrapping, and repurposing items around your house. 

Remember, Christmas is about giving more than getting. Taking care of the planet today is our way of giving to future greener.