I love, love, love Christmas!
I love the food (the eating and the making) the family time, the time off work, the smells of cinnamon and cloves, Christmas carols and the
I also really enjoy the challenge of finding gifts for people that they will appreciate and teaming these up with handmade gifts or food gifts.
However as Christmas draws closer and the letterbox fills with junk mail I am dismayed at the excessive consumption that is encouraged. And not just the usual suspect the gift giving department.
According to Clean up Australia Australians produce over 40 million tons of waste per year, much of which ends up as discarded rubbish and in landfill. Over this Christmas we will also purchase additional items such as Christmas trees, food, packaging and unwanted gifts.
Some ideas for reducing waste and cost are to give a gift that is hand made or home made, give an experience rather than a packaged gift like tickets to a concert, a massage voucher (or do the massage yourself), a lesson with a golf pro or an art class. The options are endless.
If you are on a very tight budget you might consider offering your services on a home made gift voucher rather than purchasing a gift. Offer to babysit for a few hours or a weekend so the parents can have some time out, cleaning, mowing lawns, or anything that you thing you can do that the other person would appreciate.
And for the person who has everything or if you would rather not accumulate more clutter this year,Oxfam Unwrapped offers a range of over 40 totally unexpected gift ideas that will also help transform the life of a person living in poverty.
When you buy an Unwrapped gift card, your donation helps support Oxfam Australia’s life-changing work around the world. Best of all, your family member, workmate or friend receives an extremely memorable gift card explaining how their special gift is helping others. It’s a way that those of us with a lot can help those with a little. How about a goat? Or a chicken? Or a pig? Or a pile of seeds?
But if you really have to/want to buy a gift consider buying from a charity as many charities these days have a range of products they endorse in turn receiving part of the profit or choose fair trade.
In our house we have made the decision that all Christmas gifts this year must fall into the following categories:
Homemade or Handmade
Local (within 50km)
Sold by a charity
Yes this might limit our choices but let's just wait and see. I won't post what I have purchased in case the recipient is reading but I will let you know of any good websites I find.
What plans do you have in place for a low waste Christmas this year?