Monday, 2 December 2019

Tis the season for giving but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a sustainable Santa this Christmas. Spoil your family and friends with these zero waste gifts that won’t end up in landfill.


Buy experiences, not things

Struggling to buy for someone who has everything? Gift them an experience like a cooking class, movie or concert tickets, craft workshop, local spa voucher or brewery tour.

A perfect local present is the gift of theatre with a gift voucher or subscription package to Glen Street Theatre's 2020 Season, saving up to 20% off full price tickets. 

Donate to their favourite charity

Help those less fortunate and give the money you would spend on a material gift to a charity your loved one feels passionate about.

Make some tasty treats

Save money and whip up a storm in the kitchen. Homemade Christmas biscuits, cupcakes and sweets made with love are always a winner!

Sew your own biscuit gift pouches with old fabric or pop them into old clean jam jars and decorate with twine and native flowers to wrap them sustainably.  

Fermented and preserved foods like sauerkraut, chutney and jam also make great gifts and are a neat way to get rid of your excess fruit and veg. 

Buy a voucher for a local restaurant

Most restaurants now offer gift vouchers so buy your family and friends a night out at their favourite local. Better yet, enjoy the meal all together as a group.

Blend your own tea

Create a personalised loose-leaf tea made especially for your loved one. To make a tea blend, you can start with a store-bought black or green tea and add ingredients like spices and dried citrus peels. Get inspired by recipes online.

To get your tea ready for gifting, pop it into an old clean glass jar and decorate with twine and native flowers or foliage. Make it extra special and add a personalised label or tag to your blend eg. ‘Katie’s sleepy tea’ or ‘Andrew’s wake up brew’.

A green gift for their home or garden  

What kitchen or living room isn’t improved by a hardy indoor plant? Give a plant you’ve grown or pick one up at a local nursery.

Help them reduce their waste

For your family and friends who are looking to live more sustainably, help them along their way with reusable produce bags, water bottles or coffee cups, cutlery kits and beeswax wraps.

Buy second hand

Local op shops have a lot of homewares, clothes and furniture in almost new condition. Gift them as they are or repair and upcycle them if needed. Try organising a sustainable secret Santa where everyone buys second hand.  

Facebook marketplace, Gumtree and Ebay are also great websites to buy second hand.


Instead of throwing an unwanted gift you have received into landfill, think about whether you have a loved one who might love something you once received that’s still sitting on the shelf.

Wrap your gifts sustainably by using old wrapping paper, ribbon, fabric, newspaper and make your own cards. Save the gift wrap you receive from gifts yourself for next year.

Set your table sustainably

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