We’re all trying to do our bit to help the planet but at Christmas this can all go out the window. It’s all too easy to break the bank and splurge on new clothes, devices and so forth. Here are a few eco-friendly gift ideas to help you stay greener this Christmas.

  • Happy Hampers.  Homemade tablet, pickles, jam, shortbread, infused oils and flavoured gins all make very acceptable hamper gifts. Why not get a group of pals together to help. You can share jobs and possibly mull some wine into the bargain! Or, if you are short of time, take a trip to your local farmers market and make up your hamper using their wonderful produce. Kilmacolm Farmers Market is this coming Saturday (8th Dec 2019).
  • Go Bamboo. The very first toothbrush you had as a kid is still sitting in landfill somewhere and will do for about another 1,000 years.  They are virtually indestructible.  Billions of these are thrown away every year.  A bamboo toothbrush is the perfect stocking filler for friends and family.  Perhaps your local dentist stocks them, if not, why not ask them to.
  • Make Memories. A voucher for a local restaurant or ticket for a show is another great idea. Making memories, supporting nearby businesses and keeping the carbon footprint minimal means everyone’s a winner.
  • Cut the E-Waste. Electrical items such as X-boxes or Nintendo Switches can be sourced second hand online at gumtree and often you can find a local seller from whom you can collect. This reduces e-waste – a growing UK-wide problem. 
  • Plant a Tree. Local Scottish charities such as Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, The Woodlands Trust  and The John Muir Trust are asking you to help restore our woodlands by purchasing a ‘plant a tree’ gifts. Most start at about £12-15.
  • #ShopLocal. There are so many friendly, knowledgeable shop owners and talented local artists and crafts people in our local area, you’re guaranteed to find some fantastic gifts. Many local shops will have special opening hours this month, so check out their facebook pages for details. 

And if possible try to wrap your gifts in recyclable brown paper or newspaper with string and perhaps a cheerful sprig of evergreen foliage.

A Green Christmas…