Hunting for presents can be time-consuming and expensive. Who knew being thoughtful could be so exhausting?! We've pulled together our favourite sustainable gift ideas to help you have a greenersavvier, and easier gift hunt this year. Take a look for some inspiration and homemade gifts sure to make anyone's Christmas. 

If handmade's not your thing, skip to our sustainable shopping inspiration.

1) Treat filled jars 

Use old jam jars and stuff them full of all things sweet, whether it’s sweets or home-made jams and chutneys. Or, for a savoury tooth, pack them with spices, pretzels or nuts. Stick a bow round the jar and you’re done!  


2) DIY Beauty Scrubs, facemasks and more

Homemade face masks and scrubs are easier than you think to make at home, using basic ingredients you probably already have. Make your own natural cosmetics (there are plenty of super-easy recipes out there!), find empty glass containers to store them, and share your favourite ones as a gift. Attach a note with the ingredients and recipe so they can be made again when the jar is empty!  

 5 DIY beauty products you can make yourself

3Make your own Christmas card

This is a great activity to do with kids. It’s easier than you think, and you don’t need any special skills – fold some good quality paper, find some inspo on Pinterest (we won’t judge if you copy), glue some autumn leaves from your doorstep…  the possibilities are endless and they’ll put a smile on your loved one’s face! Save any cards from this year and recycle them into gift cards for next year. Cut a gift card shape from the front of the card and punch a hole. You can usually get 2 –3 gift tags out of one card. You’ll be thanking yourself next year, we promise. 

4) DIY pressed flower photo frame 

Pressed flower frames don’t require too much effort but make a beautiful and thoughtful gift. Have a look at this blog or this video to get the run down on how to make your own. 

5) Cosmetic and toiletries  

Whether it’s haircare, skincare or beardcare, everyone loves to be pampered. Sadly, many beauty gifts go unused each year. Avoid the waste and ask your loved ones which brands and products they like before buying them cosmetics or bath bits. Lots of people have wishlists and products they’d love to receive. If you want to go down the homemade and DIY route, you could even try making your own bath bombs. This is a great activity to do with children as a gift for teachers or grandparents. Make sure to check about allergies before. 

6) Gift an experience 

Want to cut the waste whilst gifting this year? Well, our research found that people often prefer to receive experiences over presents. Check out our vlog on zero-waste gifting to get some fab tips, from theatre tickets to massage vouchers! 

7) Plants not pants 

Plants, plants and more plants! Why not gift someone an indoor plant this Christmas? They’ve been proven to reduce stress levels and shows that you have faith in their ability to keep something alive. Plus, they look pretty! Head to your local garden centresupermarket or if you’re doing your shopping online, try businesses like The Stem. 

8) Gift the joy of reusables 

Kit your friend out with a reusable cutlery set, coffee cup or water bottle? Or some funky food boxes or sandwich wraps. These gifts can also help save them money throughout the year with the majority of cafes offering a discount if you bring your own mug, it's a gift that keeps on giving. Check out our handy 6 tips to reduce single use plastic for some inspiration! 

9) Get thrifty 

Scouting charity shops and vintage stores is a great, thrifty way to find unique gifts. There’ll be something for everyone, whether that’s a cap, some killer boots, preloved books or trinket trays and mirrors. Have a hunt and see what you can find, they’ll love the thought that goes into gift thrifting. If you’re buying for someone who loves platforms like Depop, head to their account and look at their recent likes. Surprise them with something they’ve already had their eye on. 

10) Shop local and small 

It’s been a tough year for small businesses and independent makers. Search for “ethicalfair trade and handmade gifts” to find on-of-a-kind presents made by people who care sustainability and quality. Etsy and Trouva are a great place to start. If ordering anything online, order as much as you can in one gand get them sent to collection points that are walking distance from home to reduce pressure on delivery staff and reduce the amount of air pollution from vehicles on the road. If shopping in person, make a hamper of local products for your loved ones.  Check your maps to see which boutiques, delis and bookshops are near you. For those living in London, head out to Time Out’s Love Local campaign for some ideas. 

When searching for gifts, always start by asking people what they want. It doesn’t mean you know them less, it means that you’re taking the time to be thoughtful and get something they’ll truly love and use. Get creative, experiment with making things yourself and if you’re looking to buy, look for products that are handmade, locally sourced or come from smaller, independent sellers. Glittery wrapping paper can’t be recycled. Wrap gifts with old newspaper, brown paper or fabric (fabric is a great one as it can be reused for other gifts or even be used as a lovely hankerchief or hair accessory) 

Ta-da! Christmas gifts, sorted. Got some ideas we should add? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the #YouGotThis hashtag. 

Thanks, it's last year's.

Not sure what you're wearing to Christmas parties this year? In the UK 7 million of us are going to buy something new to wear out in December, yet 1 in 5 of us won't rewear an outfit to more than one party.

Want an outfit that feels great without the cost to your bank account or the environment? Join our sustainable fashion campaign and dig out old favourites or buy second hand, restyle, rewear and share instead of buying new this festive season. #ThanksItsLastYears


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