This is the final gift guide and, in my opinion, the best. Christmas can be a time to accumulate stuff that will get thrown out within months – really unsustainable! So to counteract this you can give people gifts of experiences rather than things. This can range in price from barely anything, right up to hundreds of pounds.
One of the cheapest options is to make some ‘promise cards‘ or ‘tokens‘ to trade in things like breakfast in bed, a baking session or babysitting so they can have some me-time! This is essentially a promise of quality time spent with the recipient, so it can be given to partners and family members alike. This is a very thoughtful present that keeps giving throughout the year.
Another option (for couples) is a food passport – it’s easy to get stuck into a rut of going to the same chain restaurants because you like one of the specials. But to spice things up, you can create a food passport with 50 local places that you would like to visit over the year on date nights. I got this idea from Pinterest, but the link no longer works so I can’t credit the person! Apologies.
Moving onto slightly more expensive gifts – performances are a great option! Whether it’s the theatre, a band or a comedy show; you’re guaranteed a great time. I went to see Wicked for my 21st birthday and Made in Dagenham is definitely on my wish list for this Christmas! You have to make sure the recipient is free on the day though so they may have to be told in advance/told to keep that evening free. This can vary from £20-100s – but I think this is definitely worth it as you gain so many great memories from this type of gift.
The ultimate experience I have received as a gift has got to be money towards a trip to Edinburgh this summer. I went during the Fringe Festival so there was loads to do, but it was pretty expensive. Do a bit of research into different city stays fairly close to you in order to keep your carbon footprint small (I was able to get a train to Edinburgh). I would personally love to go to Bath, York and Oxford – all very picturesque with rich history to investigate. If you’re not a city person (or you want to escape the city) then a beach break is best and in Britain you’re spoilt for choice as there is so much beautiful coastline! This type of gift will add up to be fairly expensive, but the memories you gain will be worth it.
And that’s it for the gift guide series – there are so many this year but hopefully this has given you some practical and sustainable ideas for your loved ones!