Holidays = excessive presents = excessive waste = tragic sadness = climate change = end of the world.

Right? No. Not right. Wrong.

Gifting can be fun, waste free, and EASY. I’m going to tell you my favorite ways to gift zero waste so you can sleep stress (and trash) free this holiday season.

Share Experiences
My favorite type of gift is the experience gift. Instead of buying something, wrapping it, and just handing it over, I love the thought of giving an experience gift. Dinner for two? A show? A day at a museum? Cook dinner for someone? A concert? The options are infinite. That way you can grow memories, not trash.

Give Homemade
If an experience gift is not up your alley and you do want to give a physical gift, try a homemade one! I have a few great zero waste options for you: body lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, and granola.

Zero Waste Body Lotion 

Zero Waste Deodorant

Zero Waste Toothpaste

Zero Waste Granola 

Shop Sustainably
If you are neither an experience giver or a DIY’er I have two great options for you:

1) Life Without Plastic for all of their zero waste essentials like stainless steel airtight storage containers and reusable produce bags. If you purchase something and use the code “TIFTHOLIDAY” you will get 10% off of your order.

2) Brush With Bamboo for a bamboo toothbrush packaged in 100% compostable materials.

Once you have figured out what to give to (or do with) your favorite people in the universe then you have to package it up.

Wrap Thoughtfully
If you are giving an experience gift you don’t need to worry about this. If not, I wrap my presents for the holidays three ways:

1) I don’t wrap them at all. Yep. You heard me. I do the behind the back or pull out of my bag method and just hand it over. Works like a charm and is totally zero wage!

2) I wrap them in reusable materials like a reusable bag or a napkin. That is almost like 2 gifts in 1!

3) I upcycle paper bags, newspaper, or whatever paper I can find. I never use tape and instead secure the packages with biodegradable twine, cotton string, or anything else that is biodegradable.

REMEMBER: if you do wrap a present and you want to make sure the wrapping is properly disposed of, take it back! You can use it again or just toss it in the compost bin!

Happy gifting!


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