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Your comprehensive sustainable Christmas gift guide

Your comprehensive sustainable Christmas gift guide

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It’s that time of year, joy, merriment and… an abundance of plastic.

It’s that time of year, joy, merriment and… an abundance of plastic.

Your comprehensive sustainable Christmas gift guide
It’s that time of year, joy, merriment and… an abundance of plastic decorations and gifts that most often will end up in a landfill in a few weeks or months.

Give gifts you can feel proud of. Here are all the ideas you’ll need from Secret Santa to your significant other.

Secret Santa

Usually, these are priced between kr100 and kr250, so it’s tempting to buy a somewhat random gift, often made by plastic or less sustainable materials. But please don’t.

We suggest:

- A potted plant, for example spekboom (a money tree). You could even take spekboom clippings and plant them into containers you have lying around at home (make sure there are drainage holes) and have it cost free-ninety-nine.

- Chocolate. A slab of sustainable, not to mention delicious chocolate will hit the spot. Look for chocolate with the Fairtrade logo.

- Wine. There are many ways for wine to be “sustainable”. You can read more about that here. A great choice is this rosé from South African wine farm Backsberg. This wine farm is one of three farms with a Carbon Neutral status globally. They even got a Greenpeace award for Climate Change Leadership. If that’s not worth raising a glass to, then I don’t know what is. Vinmonopolet also has as number of wines in cans and PET plastic bottles, which can be recycled. As plastic is lighter than glass it reduces emissions under transport.

Your friend (and their spouse)

Whether it's your BFF or your high-school friend's picky husband, there’s something sustainable they’ll love.

We suggest:

- Luxe pyjamas. Hanging out in PJs so pretty they could actually leave the house wearing it… That's the dream. Or some ethically produced t-shirts. Find them at Fair and Square.

- Second-hand books. No, really. Imagine receiving a bundle of books just in time for holidays and time to spend in front of the fireplace with the bonus that as you finish reading, you can give it to them to the next person. Perfection.

- A hamper from Lush. All the excitement of getting a care hamper with none of the guilt about the packaging.

Mom, dad or in-laws

These can be tricky. How many pairs of socks does one dad need? Don’t worry, you’ll find something great here.

We suggest:

- Gin, rum or aquavit. Worst case scenario, the bottle ends up in the liquor cabinet and you can drink it when you visit (but that's unlikely). There are a number of organic and more sustainable options available at the Vinmonopolet.

- Candles are always a nice treat, but especially so when it's winter. Might be why Norwegians are some of the world’s most eager candle shoppers. Candles are however not necessarily environmentally friendly, and a more sustainable and exclusive alternative is candles made by beeswax. Beecoshop has a massive range of beeswax candles. Personally, I love the ones shaped like the earth and the mood lights, and I love the idea that you can buy refills for your tealights.

- For coffee or tea lovers, these stylish yet eco-friendly travel mugs will save the day. There's even a collapsible option.

Your significant other

How do you show your S.O. how much they mean to you, but you know, without killing the planet?

We suggest:

- VEJA sneakers. They’re the current must-have sneakers, but they’re also made using organic Fairtrade cotton and recycled plastic bottles. Shoes with a conscience? Yes, please.

- Boxers. Pierre Robert has eco-friendly boxers and wool underwear. That’s the gift for him. And something nice to look at for you.

- Kind of a cookbook. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is more than recipes. It teaches the principles of cooking and creating incredible flavour, which can be applied to anything in your fridge or cupboard. Which means more delicious meals, less food waste and fewer takeaways. Also, it's a really nice gift.

- This Adidas duffelbag made from recycled material, this bag is perfect for a weekend away, the gym, or getting rid of a body. Kidding, just the first two uses.

- A spa weekend at an eco-friendly venue like Union Hotel in Geiranger. Heaven. On. Earth. Or find an environmentally certified hotel somewhere else in the country you have been talking about visiting, or maybe somewhere just around the corner for a relaxing weekend.

Kids (and the young at heart)

- A wobbling tower. Kids will love it because obviously.  Parents will love it because they can join in on the fun. Find more sustainable gifts for kids at levlogisk.no

- Environmentally friendly crayons. A genius innovation, they’re completely safe, biodegradable and eco-friendly.

- A grow-your-own garden kit. Make you own seed box with seeds from Plantasjen. Teach them to work on those green fingers.  So. Much. Fun.

Last minute dot com

You don't have too many options at 6 pm on the 24th, but pal, you’re in luck. I’ve got some ideas.

We suggest:

- BYOB – bake your own biscuits. Or fudge. People will love the personal touch and they’re nice to have in the house for when people pop in unexpectedly. Here’s a recipe for 2-ingredient vegan chocolate truffles. I mean, what’s not to love?

- Gift vouchers may seem impersonal, but if you get a voucher for an experience (or two so you can join in), you’ll really be giving them memories. Priceless! Try a room escape, tickets to go to the movies, or a membership to a place they love.

It’s that time of year, joy, merriment and… an abundance of plastic decorations and gifts that most often will end up in a landfill in a few weeks or months.

Give gifts you can feel proud of. Here are all the ideas you’ll need from Secret Santa to your significant other.

Secret Santa

Usually, these are priced between kr100 and kr250, so it’s tempting to buy a somewhat random gift, often made by plastic or less sustainable materials. But please don’t.

We suggest:

- A potted plant, for example spekboom (a money tree). You could even take spekboom clippings and plant them into containers you have lying around at home (make sure there are drainage holes) and have it cost free-ninety-nine.

- Chocolate. A slab of sustainable, not to mention delicious chocolate will hit the spot. Look for chocolate with the Fairtrade logo.

- Wine. There are many ways for wine to be “sustainable”. You can read more about that here. A great choice is this rosé from South African wine farm Backsberg. This wine farm is one of three farms with a Carbon Neutral status globally. They even got a Greenpeace award for Climate Change Leadership. If that’s not worth raising a glass to, then I don’t know what is. Vinmonopolet also has as number of wines in cans and PET plastic bottles, which can be recycled. As plastic is lighter than glass it reduces emissions under transport.

Your friend (and their spouse)

Whether it's your BFF or your high-school friend's picky husband, there’s something sustainable they’ll love.

We suggest:

- Luxe pyjamas. Hanging out in PJs so pretty they could actually leave the house wearing it… That's the dream. Or some ethically produced t-shirts. Find them at Fair and Square.

- Second-hand books. No, really. Imagine receiving a bundle of books just in time for holidays and time to spend in front of the fireplace with the bonus that as you finish reading, you can give it to them to the next person. Perfection.

- A hamper from Lush. All the excitement of getting a care hamper with none of the guilt about the packaging.

Mom, dad or in-laws

These can be tricky. How many pairs of socks does one dad need? Don’t worry, you’ll find something great here.

We suggest:

- Gin, rum or aquavit. Worst case scenario, the bottle ends up in the liquor cabinet and you can drink it when you visit (but that's unlikely). There are a number of organic and more sustainable options available at the Vinmonopolet.

- Candles are always a nice treat, but especially so when it's winter. Might be why Norwegians are some of the world’s most eager candle shoppers. Candles are however not necessarily environmentally friendly, and a more sustainable and exclusive alternative is candles made by beeswax. Beecoshop has a massive range of beeswax candles. Personally, I love the ones shaped like the earth and the mood lights, and I love the idea that you can buy refills for your tealights.

- For coffee or tea lovers, these stylish yet eco-friendly travel mugs will save the day. There's even a collapsible option.

Your significant other

How do you show your S.O. how much they mean to you, but you know, without killing the planet?

We suggest:

- VEJA sneakers. They’re the current must-have sneakers, but they’re also made using organic Fairtrade cotton and recycled plastic bottles. Shoes with a conscience? Yes, please.

- Boxers. Pierre Robert has eco-friendly boxers and wool underwear. That’s the gift for him. And something nice to look at for you.

- Kind of a cookbook. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is more than recipes. It teaches the principles of cooking and creating incredible flavour, which can be applied to anything in your fridge or cupboard. Which means more delicious meals, less food waste and fewer takeaways. Also, it's a really nice gift.

- This Adidas duffelbag made from recycled material, this bag is perfect for a weekend away, the gym, or getting rid of a body. Kidding, just the first two uses.

- A spa weekend at an eco-friendly venue like Union Hotel in Geiranger. Heaven. On. Earth. Or find an environmentally certified hotel somewhere else in the country you have been talking about visiting, or maybe somewhere just around the corner for a relaxing weekend.

Kids (and the young at heart)

- A wobbling tower. Kids will love it because obviously.  Parents will love it because they can join in on the fun. Find more sustainable gifts for kids at levlogisk.no

- Environmentally friendly crayons. A genius innovation, they’re completely safe, biodegradable and eco-friendly.

- A grow-your-own garden kit. Make you own seed box with seeds from Plantasjen. Teach them to work on those green fingers.  So. Much. Fun.

Last minute dot com

You don't have too many options at 6 pm on the 24th, but pal, you’re in luck. I’ve got some ideas.

We suggest:

- BYOB – bake your own biscuits. Or fudge. People will love the personal touch and they’re nice to have in the house for when people pop in unexpectedly. Here’s a recipe for 2-ingredient vegan chocolate truffles. I mean, what’s not to love?

- Gift vouchers may seem impersonal, but if you get a voucher for an experience (or two so you can join in), you’ll really be giving them memories. Priceless! Try a room escape, tickets to go to the movies, or a membership to a place they love.

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