Eco gifting is gaining lots of popularity nowadays. Gifting is one thing that everyone loves and nobody dislikes it. Every one of us has special occasions in their lives. Birthdays, anniversaries, house warming, baby shower, woman’s day, mother’s day, new birth, festivities and occasions. Gifts for her, gifts for him this and that but are we conscious enough to gift somebody that makes real sense to them? Are we gifting something that is not hampering the planet? Are we thinking and gifting ??
Eco gifting is something that we can opt for when it comes to presenting someone a special gift they need for their special occasions. Just giving something that they can relish and that can stay with them without creating waste, something that is biodegradable, can decompose, reused, recycled and doesn’t land up in trash fills.
There are so many options for eco gifting which we will just list down below but first let’s go through some of the basics here. Basics of gifting, feeling and why actually eco-friendly gifting is important.
WHY WE GIFT
We gift because we want to showcase our love towards them, to show our care, our concern and to convey a message that how much the other person means to us. But does it necessarily mean that if we gift materialistically, it shows the true care, true concern? I think NO.
I personally don’t have any good reasonings why we gift. Why can’t we just go to the person spend time, help them, share feelings and exchange positive energies to show then your love and wish for their well being?
I mean for example if there is a newborn baby in the house, what would you gift the newborn mother. Heaps of toys packed from the malls or just home-cooked meal or a warm knitted blanket or simple things like baskets of fresh fruits and vegetables. YOU HAVE TO DECIDE!
SO WHY NOT CHANGE OUR MINDSETS ON THE CONCEPT OF GIFTING ?
Let’s be little realistic and pace down our approach, slow it down, prioritize feelings and get back to basics and simple little joys.
WHAT SHOULD BE YOUR THOUGHTS BEFORE GIFTING
So before anyone invites us to their place and we are required or obliged to get them some gift, PLEASE think about these 6 factors before you decide what to take for them.
Rule no 1 – what is the Occasion
Rule no 2 – what is the age group
Rule no 3 – what is something that is required
Rule no 4 – what is something they need or want
Rule no 5 – can it be used multiple times or single use
Rule no 6 – is it worth the time and money
WHAT IS ECO GIFTING
Eco gifting is something that is very intelligent, considerate and planet-friendly. Just for the sake of a one-time celebration, we should now get carried away with all the expenditure and waste piles.
Below are the few criteria which are a basis of why and how I judge a product or activity or material to be under eco gifting series.
Eco gifting to me is defined as something that :
Doesn’t create any waste (zero waste ) or reduce waste
Plastic free especially single use
Homemade or handmade or hand-poured
Second hand or thrifted
Biodegradable and ecofriendly
Encouraging green lifestyle
An experience of lifetime
Toxins and preservative free
Local and seasonal and sustainable
Skill set of artist
Rescue or charity
ECO GIFTING IDEAS
So let’s go through 35 excellent choices for eco gifting and why your loved once should appreciate the gesture you showed them.
1. POTTED HOUSE PLANTS AND FLOWERS
Gifting a potted plant or a flower is a very sensible and simple eco gifting. No one would dislike this eco gifting idea. Do not go for bouquet or flower arrangements types of gifts. It goes with all the occasions and can add up to a beautiful decor to your home also. It never fades, never dies and bloom and glorify with time.
2. HOME MADE CLEANING PRODUCTS
Homemade cleaning products are a super gift for a zero waste and eco-friendly approach. Homemade dishwashers, glass cleaners, multipurpose cleaners, glass cleaners, dish drops, etc
Are example of basic essentials which you can DIY at home and pack it in glass containers, label them nicely and wrap it up in a bamboo basket. There is no-one who would not love it this thought of eco gifting.
3. ECO FRIENDLY DINNERWARE
Dinnerware or serve ware is something that every household needs and wants. Going for an eco friendly material like glass, bamboo, clay or porcelain dinnerware is a great option for eco gifting. Along with this you can add up to some stainless steel or any other metal cutlery set to add an extra punch to it. Bamboo disposals and other green materials like palm , wheatgrass, coconut husk are some of the other materials that are being used in serve-ware. You can choose that as well.
4. BAMBOO PRODUCTS
This one is my favourite. As you know bamboo is a super eco product. Check out the amazing bamboo facts . It’s is so versatile that you can practically make everything out of bamboos. Gorgeous bamboo bags, accessories, dinnerware, furniture and whatnot. Gifting anything out of a bamboo plant is eco-friendly and sustainable.
Related : WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY
5. PORTABLE KITCHEN GARDENS
This can be a very innovative gift. You can present to everyone a set of portable pots that are planted with kitchen herbs which are used extensively every time in the kitchen. Portable kitchen gardens are basically a collection of small herbs like coriander, mint, thyme, parsley etc that grows easily and is used very frequently in the kitchen. This is one of the best examples of eco gifting.
6. DIY CARRY BAG SETS
Reusing your less worn clothes into something innovative to remaking them into nice bags, pouches and utility can be a very thoughtful gift to present. There are so many unused wardrobes in our closet that we just wore once or sometimes never but always love to keep it. Why not use it to a nice utility and make something interesting out of it.
7. HAND-POURED BEESWAX CANDLES
Hand-poured candles are a very thoughtful and very beautiful gift that can be loved by everyone. It’s very simple to make scented candles at home. Numerous recipes are available on the internet to choose from. Spicy, floral, fruity, woody are some of the flavours that can be selected and can be easily made at home.
Read here : HOW TO MAKE CANDLES AT HOME
8. ZERO WASTE BATHROOM KIT ESSENTIAL
Zero waste bathroom kit is a great way to give people a chance to know about plastic-free products and how small things can make so much difference. A kit that has eco-friendly bathroom utilities like metal safety razors, essential oils, bamboo toothbrushes, eco toothpaste powder, eco earbuds, reusable dental floss can be very eco gifting for someone who is very new to this fact of green living.
9. ECO FRIENDLY KITCHEN ESSENTIALS
So personally if I need to gift somebody a gift or if I need a gift I would love this one. Beautiful plastic-free utilities like beeswax wraps, stainless steel cutlery collection, reusable coffee mugs, eco grocery bags, collection of glass storage jars, handmade cotton tissues etc are so many of the thing you can do as eco gifting and create awareness for the fact of being conscious to this beautiful planet.
10. THRIFT STORE GIFT CARDS
There are so many thrift stores or charity shops that work like a charitable platform wherein they sell clothes, music, furniture, home decor and toys donated by people for the people to buy at competitive prices so that the profit can go to raise money for the associated trust. Thrift store works on the basis of the circular economy and is a great sustainability trend to follow in the coming years. ECO Gifting a gift card from a thrift store is a great idea to promote a secondhand product, encouraging reuse model and an opportunity to help circular economy
11. SUSTAINABLE JEWELLARY
There are many trusted jewellery brands that sell recycled jewellery these days. They generally extract little gold components from laptops and other digital gadgets, refine and purify them and make them into masterpieces. You can opt for those brands and gift it to someone special. See one such brand that I personally love.
Look here : MY FAVORITE ”BAYOU WITH LOVE”
12. BASKET OF FRUITS
Simple is beautiful. If you are unable to decide what to gift the other person just go for a basket of fresh and seasonal fruits brought from a local farmers market and give them right away. Everyone loves fresh and preservative-free fruits to eat and it goes well with every occasion.
13. HOME GROWN VEGETABLE
Another simple eco gifting idea is to just pluck some fresh vegetables from your garden, and wrap it up to gift to your loved once. This is something that they will use, eat and live with it. Homegrown vegetables are safe, clean, organic and preservative-free and who doesn’t want to indulge in that kind of luxury.
14. INFUSED HOMEMADE TEAS
This is a very interesting gift as this involves personal touch to your eco gifting. Making dry or infused teas is very easy to make at home. Dried ginger, rosemary, basil, rose, chamomile etc. are few examples of infused teas you can make at home easily and pack it up in paper packets, label them beautifully and present to your loved once.
15. HOME PRESERVED FOODS
Home preserved food is a great idea for eco gifting. Homemade jams, sugar candied fruits, tangy pickles, salted lemons, dehydrated fruits are some home-preserved food that you can try to gift it. For more on how to easily preserve food at home, you can have a read in the below-linked blog.
Read more : PRESERVE FOOD AT HOME
16. OFFICE UTILITY SET
Office utility set includes gifting a set of things one need in the workplace which is eco friendly and doesn’t harm the environment. It includes recycled diary, ink pens, bamboo fans, eco tiffin boxes, reusable water bottles, homemade scents etc. you can make this all up or buy in zero waste stores and present someone who is working.
17. GREEN GYM ESSENTIALS
Gym essentials include a reusable yoga or exercise mat that is ecofriendly, silicon, copper or steel water bottle, hand towels, homemade energy bars, homemade deodorants, cotton wipes and mints. It’s a very innovative way of gifting someone who is enthusiastic about fitness and lifestyle.
18. HAND POURED SOAPS
Handmade soap is also great option of eco gifting as soaps now a days comes in so many different designs and shapes and forms. Sometime it is hard to believe that the soaps can also be such a big industry to invest time on. If you are interested you can make soaps at home or just buy from any local handmade shop near you.
Related : HOW TO MAKE SOAPS AT HOME
19. BUYING HANDMADE PRODUCTS
Eco gifting handmade products from the local markets near you will help the local community grow, create jobs and livelihood. Gifting something that is made by the local artists and artisans can be appreciated by everyone and is a great choice of eco gifting as it has lots to choose from.
Read more : BENEFITS OF HANDMADE PRODUCTS
20. NATIONAL PARK PASSES
I personally don’t like zoos or circus or any sort of places that uses animals for entertainment. But visiting a national park or a sanctuary where animals are kept in their natural habitat Is still a good choice of thought. Pass to a national park or sanctuary is one of the gifts you can present to you loved once who are new to the city or have an inclination towards site seeing and adventure.
21. DIY BATH BOMBS AND SCRUBS
DIY bath bombs, homemade scrubs, face packs and hair masks are the things you can make at home and present as a cosmetic and skincare hamper to someone who is passionate about beauty, makeup and skincare. You can label the ingredients and pack it up nicely in glass jars, throw some wood wool and rack it up in a basket. You can also look for eco-friendly and vegan beauty brands that support sustainability. Done!
22. LOCAL POTTERS PRODUCT
Local pottery is also a good option to gift. Pottery has a wide range of products be it kitchenware, home decor, utility or any artefact. Handmade pottery is recyclable and biodegradable and also supports local artists.
23. BAKED PRODUCTS COOKIES
Everyone loves baking and this quarantine has taught lots of people how to bake and make. Baking something fresh for someone will pass a special message that you care and love them. Baking simple brownies or cakes or biscuits is a great option to give away rather than buying something that is plastic packaged, full of preservatives and not healthy.
24. HOMEMADE CHOCOLATES
Another great choice for people who have sweet tooth is homemade chocolates. Eco gifting chocolate customized in the way the other person likes it, can be a great gesture to be appreciated by your loved once.
25. PERSONAL ART
Any art that shows the creative side of some individual can be summed up in the form of a gift. Like if someone makes a nice painting, or is very skilled in knitting or makes beautiful embroidery. Why not just contact them and ask them to customize things for your loved one and make it all up. It adds a lot of personal tough to the things you present.
26. THRIFTED VINTAGE HOME DECOR
Vintage home decor is a very thoughtful and attractive gift someone can put up at his home. It takes out lots of waste, enhances the recycling industry, helps the circular economy and also adds up to charity stores to help other needed organizations.
27. HOMEMADE PLAY DOUGH, BOOKS,SLIME ETC
For kids, homemade slimes and play-dough or clay modelling kit etc can be easily made at home and be gifted. Children would love it. These days big toy store market and modal their product as safe but when it comes to kids, you are extra cautions so why take that chance and just create at home.
28. SECOND HAND BOOKS
Kids and adults alike. Books are loved by all, read by all and is appreciated by all. So why think too much. Just grab your car. Go to thrifted or secondhand book store and buy your favorite books for your favorite person.
29. ZERO WASTE STORE COUPONS
This is easy. Eco gifting coupons from a zero waste shop near you is a convenient option to gift green. It will restrict their choices and needless to say they will spend in something that is not harming the planet.
30. HOMEMADE TAILORED FABRICS
If someone is very close to you or you are aware of the occasion, why not plan something in advance and buy an eco-friendly fabric and get some clothes stitched. This is a great eco gifting ideas for a newborn. You can gift small baby custom clothes instead of new clothes. Cotton nappies, cleaning clothes and muslin swaddles. Ethical clothing is also a very popular trend these days. You can also try to gift something from these brands if someone is inclined towards fashion and trends.
31. ECO TRANSPORT
Travelling sustainably is the next big step towards bringing a change. Since travelling is a very booming industry currently why not gift someone something that highlights the idea of green travelling. Wooden skateboards, bikes, cycles etc are some of the eco gifting things that can encourage a green lifestyle.
32. SKILL CLASS TICKETS
Leaning has no age and no criteria. Buying someone online classes voucher that enhances their individual skills or entry class voucher to learn any new art, language, skill or activity or sports is a very progressive gift you can send it to anyone.
33. HELP A CHARITY OR ADOPT/RESCUE ANIMALS – but ask them before.
This is a bit on a rare side but if you think that someone needs a pet or is inclined towards animal welfare then do ask them to contribute to the same and introduce them to a different organisation that do the same. Rescue and contributing on their behalf and letting them know is a great gesture to tell them that you care for their choices of life.
34. WOODEN TOYS
Children love toys period and they want nothing above that, especially toddlers. So just buy then nice wooden toys that are reusable, durable and eco friendly. Don’t think too much.
35. COOK SOMETHING AND GIVE
Last but not the least just cook your favourite food or even better if you know their favourite food, just cook it up, serve in the box and carry it to their home to eat it all together with a share of laughter and happiness. This is the best kind of gift…MEMORIES!
NEXT TIME YOU WANT TO GO FOR ECO GIFTING REMEMBER THIS !
Leading a sustainable and conscious lifestyle is the need of the Hour. No matter what, nothing is more important currently other than focusing and minimizing climate crises. So how much ever little we can contribute is helping our Mother Earth sustain in a better way we should do our best.
Eco gifting is one of the ways you can do it with your loved once and to yourself to convey a strong message of living a zero-waste and eco-friendly life. It passes a strong message and ripples through the ways.
So next time you need a gift or you want to present a gift to someone, please be sure that it is a GENUINE gift from nature to go back to nature.