Christmas has become somewhat of a commercial holiday. A peak selling season, stores start pushing sales in early November, trying to get customers to impulsively purchase gifts without purpose. Giving up giving might sound like the best solution but let’s face it, giving can be a wonderful thing!
Vivienne Westwood once said: “Instead of buying six things, buy one thing that you really like. Buy less. Choose well. Make it last.”
We couldn't agree more! This holiday season let’s do the world a favour by giving back to people and planet - because in the end that’s the greatest gift we all have. Here are some sustainable surprises to leave under the tree this Christmas 2016.
GIFT: A spa afternoon at the Hammam (50 min essential oil massage + sauna)
WHERE: Les Cent Ciels Paris
WHY:A relaxing afternoon does more to renew and refresh than a new purse ever did!
GIFT: Vikings "The Godfather" Razor
PRICE: $43 AUD
WHERE: Vikings Blade
WHY: A long-lasting alternative to disposable razors, made from premium, heavy duty Swedish materials.
GIFT:A custom organic gift basket
PRICE: $50-$100 (you decide)
WHERE: Naturalia, Bio c’ Bon, Whole Foods
WHY: Try preparing a re-usable organic basket full of healthy snacks and other sustainable surprises for your grandparent. Fill it up with handmade soap, tea, pesto, cheese, fair-trade chocolate, organic cookies, wholegrain noodles, oils, nuts, jam, honey, and more.
FOR YOUR BEST FRIEND
GIFT: Pokhara Long Sleeve Tee
WHERE: Les Sublimes
WHY: Chic and comfortable, this effortless luxury tee supports living wages, environmental preservation and education for girls.
FOR YOUR BOYFRIEND
GIFT: Mafia Bag's Sail Backpack
PRICE: €110 (currently on sale for €70)
WHERE: Mafia Bags
WHY: Give the man a piece of the ocean: Mafia bags are made from re-used sails in a workshop in San Francisco, California. They are water-resistant, durable and ultralight.