It’s that time of year again! When we wrack our brains to try and think of the perfect gift for the special people in our lives. It feels more important this year than most, as we’ve all spent far too long away from so many of our friends and family. But we also want to make sure that we’re not being irresponsible with our gifts. That the presents we buy won’t have a negative impact on the environment. The holiday season is traditionally a time of non-recyclable wrapping, endless plastic waste and clothes that never get worn. Here are a few ideas for green takes on old favorites that your loved ones will actually love.

Recycled Glass Ornaments

We’ve all done it. Stopped to buy flowers at the gas station on the way to a special occasion, or clicked the “Yes, add a vase” button on a website because we’re in a rush. A bunch of flowers is always a lovely gesture but their vessel doesn’t have to be an afterthought. A beautiful vase can be the center piece of a table for years to come if you put a little time and thought into it. There’s absolutely no reason why it shouldn’t be made from recyclable materials. Make sure the vase lasts longer than the flowers do and you’ll see it on your loved one’s dinner table again next year!

Go Bamboo!

Chances are you’ve already read about bamboo beauty and hygiene products, this is the year to make the switch! Avoid picking up another pre-packaged gift set from the supermarket or pharmacy. Instead look into buying a quality bamboo toothbrush, hairbrush, soap dish or even that old stocking-filler favorite: the socks! As our plastic waste continues to skyrocket, be part of the solution and invest in a more environmentally friendly option, with naturally biodegradable bamboo.

Not Just Another Christmas Jumper

It’s the time-honored tradition, the classic, the gift that no holiday season can be without: the jumper. However, there’s no reason why you should settle for the same old red woolly shrug that you give, and receive, every year. Everyone knows that one gets worn for that day and that day only to keep the person who bought it happy. So, why not support a good cause this Christmas? 

A piece of sustainable clothing from ethical fashion brands would be a good gift for everyone. At Graciela Huam online store for example, you can find the last fashion trends using traditional manufacturing methods. They are fair trade fashion company which produce their clothing with the finest materials. Every piece is unique and respectful towards the environment and people involved in the production process. 

Get Them To Grow Their Own!

Were you considering buying a Christmas cactus for your parents again this year? As we all look forward to spending more time outdoors, think about what you can buy for your loved that they can nurture and grow themselves. Whether it’s helping them create that beautiful flower bed they’ve always dreamed of, or getting them started growing their own vegetables, home gardening has seen a huge boom this year. It’s a wonderful, rewarding and environmentally friendly activity for the whole family! 

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