Season’s greetings! As gift-giving occasions begin their approach, we’re all on the lookout for unique and thoughtful presents. Now more than ever it’s important to consider the environment when thinking about gifts, so that we can keep our planet healthy and happy as much as our loved ones. If you’re trying to reduce your carbon footprint but find yourself at a bit of a loss as to what to do this Christmas, we’ve got your back! Read on for our top gift ideas for a low impact on the environment but high impact for the receiver!
Gift an Experience
Some of the best gifts are lived rather than held. One-off experiences, like skydiving, are a great way to give someone lasting memories. Aside from unique experiences, you could also consider signing your loved one up for a course to learn a new skill or hobby, extending the time that they can enjoy the gift.
This is a great gift for keen learners or people that want to try out something new but don’t know where to get started!
One great way to reduce waste is to upcycle what you already have. Is your house full of dessert ramekins? These are great containers in which to make your own soy candles! Empty jars taking over your cupboards? Fill them with delicious homemade pickles or jam! There are endless tutorials online for amazing homemade gifts that not only look great but are genuinely useful. And if you’re not entirely confident in your crafting skills, remember that attempting something complicated can end in disaster, which can put you off trying again - just keep it simple!
Give lasting gifts
Despite our best efforts, it’s impossible to completely stop acquiring new things, so the next best thing is to think about how long something will last and how much use will be gotten out of it. Think about the products you use most frequently, and how many of those are disposable. Toothbrushes are a great example: every year, billions of plastic toothbrushes are thrown away, ending up in landfill. If people replace their toothbrushes as often as they should, they end up using around 300 in a lifetime - that’s a huge amount of waste! And as toothbrushes are used on a daily basis, it’s unavoidable that we will continue to need them throughout our lifetimes.
When thinking about toothbrush sustainability, going electric is a good way forward. The handle lasts for years, batteries are rechargeable, and the only waste is in changing the heads - far less wasteful than throwing out the whole toothbrush! Check out our range of Sonisk Pulse portable sonic toothbrushes for a gift that keeps on giving. A new toothbrush can fulfill all of the above categories: give someone a sustainable gift, help them to make their own sparkling smile, and infuse them with a love for oral hygiene for years to come! A real winner this festive season.