I love giving gifts. I just do. It's so fun to give someone a little package of joy!
Wrapping it zero waste and still making it beautiful can be tricky. Here's what I do!
My favorite gift one year was not the gift, but the box I take in. Yup. My mother gave me a gorgeous set of earrings with some goodies but the large box that she found to house them all was my favorite. It’s my tea box, and if you know my love of tea, that’s saying something! It’s BEAUTIFUL!
Not everyone wants to buy hand carved wooden boxes for every gift, but taking the extra time to pick out a decorative box gives it more of a chance of being reused. In my family, we reuse all kinds of boxes over and over. It’s almost become a prank with one box. It has so many names written on it and X-ed out! We always wonder who will be the lucky one to receive it!
I can tell you right now that I LOVE fabric wrapped gifts. My best friend gave me a gift this summer wrapped in FOX FABRIC. I almost died. I know the entire surrounding area heard my squealing!
I love fabric wrapping because:
1) It’s 100% personal. You can cater the theme of the gift with the wrapping, someone’s favorite color, hobby, etc!
2) It shows someone REALLY took the time to bring attention to the small details. IMO, wrapping can say a lot about a present. Why use trash when you can easily add class! By choosing reusable materials, you are making a HUGE statement.
3) Reusable. I’m a fabric hoarder. I love fabric! I can make too many things from wearables to home decor to food storage. To a creative soul, items to create with it a gift of itself!
My favorite is favor 'bags' that can be reused. Pails, tins, jars, etc. second choice is a simple paper bag. It does create waste but it's far better than plastic bags!
A quick way to gussy up a paper bag is with natural decor! I love scented pine cones! Scent the pine cones beforehand with this easy tutorial:
and you have decoration that will actually be kept!
Let me know your favorite holiday gift wrapping!
The Smart Girl in Pants
With the holidays coming up quick, The planning begins.
I like to think of the holidays not as a commercial spending spree but more of a time when people get to give to others. Not like we don't have the opportunity to give all year around. It's just that if we did, I don't know who would have money to spare!
Regardless of anyone's views on NOT participating in the holiday fan fair, it will still be there. Check this media I found:
So please, tell me if you think the holiday shopping will stop any time soon? It won't. At least we can help those who wish to holiday shop by doing so in a sustainable way.
Many of these products listed below will be supporting small businesses, sustainable businesses, sustainable materials and/or surrounding communities. They are provided via an affiliate link. This means I may recieive a very small commission from the site but this is at absolutely no added cost to you. Quite simply, it's one of the quickest way for me to link great products on an easy, trusted and popular platform (Amazon). I love these products and definitely believe they are far superior to plastic based products! You can also easily check reviews of the products and see for yourself why I chose them!
The key to a PERFECT zero waste holiday experience begins with these key points:
I have had some of the SMALLEST gifts make the BIGGEST impact! My favorite gift one year was a glass fox pencil holder. Honestly amazing. I squeaked and still have her proudly sitting on my shelf. Other things I love are useful things I can use forever. I'm not opposed to used things at all! As long as they are in good shape and still useful! In order to best gauge what gift to give, it's best to actually know the person you are gifting to. If they don't want used things, don't get them. Simple. If they love unicorns, find a sustainable unicorn gift (I have one below in the kids section!) In the end, if you know what they like, you will do great!
For us zero wasters, giving can be hard. We don't want to give wasteful things. So don't. Again, it's all about knowing your recipient and going more sustainable with gifts!
Soon my blog on how I wrap gifts!
Here are my top DIY ideas:
-Make soap! Melt and pour is a good option for beginners BUT avoid palm oil based soap. It's horrible and it would honestly be better to find a soap that is palm oil free to buy then make 'zero waste' palm oil soap. Hate to sound harsh but that's about the truth of it.
-Learn a yarn-art: crocheting or knitting. I love making and getting crochet gifts. My favorite item of snuggle-wear is my black crochet infinity scarf. There is really no limit to what you can make!
- Bath bombs, lotions... those are all amazing things to make and easily find recipes online. Just sure to include labels for EVERYTHING that goes on the skin. I would rather know what's in it, avoid an allergic reaction or clogged pores and just pass it to someone who would actually use it. If it doesn't have a label, I wouldn't give it as a gift. Plain and simple.
-Candle making, candles are amazing gifts! Definitely label with fire hazards and ingredients.
-Wooden gifts. If you have the skill and means, wood crafted gifts are amazing!
-Kombucha starter kit! I need to do this. When you brew kombucha, those SCOBY just keep multiplying! What better than some loose leaf tea, a scoby and a fancy jar to get someone else started!
-Certificates for activities. These are invaluable for families. There would be days when I had children home and wanted to get out of the house. Certificates are lifesavers.
-Homemade food items. Chocolates, cakes, cookies, etc. Are wonderful! It's so rare, you would be amazed. I have given treats to SO many people and maybe once in the last 10 years gotten a homemade treat. Really, it is one of the most simple ways to say happy holidays and make someone smile! I don't know why it hasn't caught on but it should! Again, always label ingredients and know the people you are baking for. If they are vegan, show them you care about their life by respecting that. I will have PLENTY of vegan cookie recipes this year in the cookie-a-day 30 challenge!
Here's a list of products I think everyone will love!
For the zero wasters in your life:
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The Smart Girl in Pants