‘Tis the season to celebrate and after an uneasy and difficult year for all of us in the UK, and around the world, we’re more excited than ever for a chance to put on our party hats and to raise a glass to everyone who has helped us through. 

Undoubtedly Christmas and other winter festivities are going to look very different this year and a lot of us are looking for ways to create Christmas magic without the big price tag so we’ve put together our ten top tips for saving money and being sustainable this year…

1) Eat your leftovers!

We throw away a whopping 270,000 tonnes* of food during Christmas including 2 million turkeys and 74 million mince pies**. Make the most of your food this festive season by planning what you need before time and making sure you save up your leftovers. They’ll keep in the freezer or you can munch on them in the potato filled limbo between Christmas and New Years Eve. 

2) Buy second hand

With so many brilliant second hand spaces like Ebay, Depop or even Facebook marketplace there is a huge amount of choice in quality second hand gifts. Shopping second hand can get you one of a kind pressies at a fraction of what you’d spend in a last minute shopping spree. 

3) Make your own gifts

During lockdown so many of us have turned our hands to making, cooking or growing. In the summer you couldn’t move for sourdough starters and first time tomato growers and there’s no need to stop here. Giving homemade gifts is a beautiful way to show someone you care (and show off your new skills). We love homemade preserves like Kimchi and oils which are super easy to make. Check out these 5 edible thrifty gift ideas. 

4) DIY decorations

When it comes to decorations you can never go wrong with the trusty box stuffed in the attic or under your bed with festive decorations of Christmas’ gone by. If you want to try something a little different this year, try dried orange slices and cinnamon tied together on a string make for unbeatable decorations that smell great and come without any plastic or waste. For more inspiration, check out our sustainable decoration tips

5) Shop for the person you’re buying for

This is a golden gift giving rule, to make sure your present is well used and well loved try to find something you know the person will really like and if you’re not sure, ask them to point you in the right direction.

6) Love local

If you do want to buy something new see if you can support local and independent businesses who need our help more than ever this year. From books to jewelry you’ll be surprised what you can find locally, if you can’t get out to the shops try going to Etsy and filtering gifts for ‘handmade in the UK’.

7) Be savvy with online orders

With people less likely to hit the shops this year, we’re likely to be doing more of our shopping online for food and presents. Try consolidating your orders: keep a list of things you need to buy and purchase in one go. Choose click and collect options where possible to reduce air pollution from the amount of time delivery vehicles spend on the road. Make sure you recycle or repurpose packaging when you can to reduce waste. 

8) Ditch the wrapping paper

Paper wrapping can be difficult to recycle especially if it’s glitter or shiny. A great alternative is brown paper which you can jazz up with potato prints and string or give fabric wrapping a go. Furoshiki is the Japanese art of fabric wrapping which inspired companies like The Fabric Wrapping Company who sell beautiful fabrics and show you how you can wrap them. You can also use scrap fabrics and scarves if you have some at home! 

9) Give back to your community

If this year has shown us anything it’s how important our community and the people who keep it going are. Give back this year by donating to your local community fridge, donating your old phone to help people who are digitally isolated at part of Hubbub’s Community Calling Campaign or supporting a local charity. 

10) Rediscover your own wardrobe

Give your favourite outfits a replay this year and wear your favourite festive outfits again instead of buying something new. If nothing in your wardrobe is singing to you try swapping with friends or family for a brand new look without spending anything. Look on rental platforms or second hand sites if you need inspiration from further afield.

#YouGotThis, with a little help from Hubbub x 

*RespectFood
**Guardian 

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Yes, things might look a little different this year but #YouGotThis, and we've got plenty of alternative ways to keep the magic alive this season. We’ll help you save money, have fun and come together (even if we can’t be physically together). There has never been a better opportunity to try something different than this year. Check out our tips, recipes and activities below, embrace the possibilities to try something new this festive period.

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