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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 stocking-fillers.

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

Your comprehensive sustainable Christmas gift guide
It’s that time of year, joy, merriment and… an abundance of plastic decorations and stocking-fillers that’ll end up in a landfill in a few weeks.

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 R50 and R250, so it’s tempting to buy a plastic novelty gift. But please don’t.

We suggest:

- A potted plant. Any indigenous plant. Especially spekboom. 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. If you’re buying, Plantify will deliver.

- Chocolate. A slab of sustainable, artisanal, not to mention delicious chocolate like Honest will hit the spot.

- Wine. There are many ways for wine to be “sustainable”. You can read more about that here. A great choice is Backsberg – they were SA’s first winery (and one of only three globally) to gain Carbon Neutral status in 2011. 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.

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… that's the dream. Akina, a local swimwear brand is deeply committed to, and transparent about, their sustainability. They also make these bomb summer PJ sets.  

- Second-hand books. No, really. Imagine receiving a bundle of books just in time for holidays and beach days, with the bonus that as you finish reading, you can leave it in your hotel for the next person. Perfection.

- A hamper from Lush. All the excitement of getting a care hamper, 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. Worst case scenario, this lands up in the liquor cabinet and you can drink it when you visit. But that's unlikely. Inverroche gin has a sustainability plan… plus lots of delicious flavours.

- Candles are always a nice treat, but especially so when there’s a chance of load-shedding. SoyLite has a massive range of products. Personally, I love the classic frosted ones.

- For coffee or tea lovers, these stylish yet eco-friendly travel mugs will save the day.

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.

- A swimming cozzie. Granadilla swim has new eco-friendly boardshorts. That’s the gift for him. The gift for you is him in those boardshorts.

- 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 beautiful Sealand duffel bag. 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 day at an eco-friendly venue like Babylonstoren. Heaven. On. Earth.

Kids (and the young at heart)

- A giant wobbling tower. Kids will love it because obviously.  Parents will love it because they can join in on the fun.

- Soy crayons. A genius innovation, they’re hand-made and completely safe, biodegradable and eco-friendly. They also contain lavender oil, so when your kid inevitably draws on your wall, you'll feel calm about it.

- A grow-your-own garden kit. This one grows wheatgrass and comes with little cardboard characters. 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 murder mystery dinner, tickets to watch an outdoor movie at The Galileo, or a membership to a place they love, like Kirstenbosch or the Two Oceans Aquarium.

It’s that time of year, joy, merriment and… an abundance of plastic decorations and stocking-fillers that’ll end up in a landfill in a few weeks.

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 R50 and R250, so it’s tempting to buy a plastic novelty gift. But please don’t.

We suggest:

- A potted plant. Any indigenous plant. Especially spekboom. 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. If you’re buying, Plantify will deliver.

- Chocolate. A slab of sustainable, artisanal, not to mention delicious chocolate like Honest will hit the spot.

- Wine. There are many ways for wine to be “sustainable”. You can read more about that here. A great choice is Backsberg – they were SA’s first winery (and one of only three globally) to gain Carbon Neutral status in 2011. 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.

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… that's the dream. Akina, a local swimwear brand is deeply committed to, and transparent about, their sustainability. They also make these bomb summer PJ sets.  

- Second-hand books. No, really. Imagine receiving a bundle of books just in time for holidays and beach days, with the bonus that as you finish reading, you can leave it in your hotel for the next person. Perfection.

- A hamper from Lush. All the excitement of getting a care hamper, 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. Worst case scenario, this lands up in the liquor cabinet and you can drink it when you visit. But that's unlikely. Inverroche gin has a sustainability plan… plus lots of delicious flavours.

- Candles are always a nice treat, but especially so when there’s a chance of load-shedding. SoyLite has a massive range of products. Personally, I love the classic frosted ones.

- For coffee or tea lovers, these stylish yet eco-friendly travel mugs will save the day.

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.

- A swimming cozzie. Granadilla swim has new eco-friendly boardshorts. That’s the gift for him. The gift for you is him in those boardshorts.

- 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 beautiful Sealand duffel bag. 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 day at an eco-friendly venue like Babylonstoren. Heaven. On. Earth.

Kids (and the young at heart)

- A giant wobbling tower. Kids will love it because obviously.  Parents will love it because they can join in on the fun.

- Soy crayons. A genius innovation, they’re hand-made and completely safe, biodegradable and eco-friendly. They also contain lavender oil, so when your kid inevitably draws on your wall, you'll feel calm about it.

- A grow-your-own garden kit. This one grows wheatgrass and comes with little cardboard characters. 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 murder mystery dinner, tickets to watch an outdoor movie at The Galileo, or a membership to a place they love, like Kirstenbosch or the Two Oceans Aquarium.

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