Not sure what to get that person in your life who always seems to look outside of themselves? Need some inspiration for the most sustainable person you know? Here are five ideas to jumpstart your holiday gift thinking and make your dollar do the most good.
Life-changing gifts in their name
Think to yourself: who inspires you to be a better person? Your mother? Your brother? Your significant other? Whoever they are, they’re the perfect candidate for a MercyCorps gift to be made in their honor. With options such as donating to help a woman in a developing country learn to read or provide a goat for a farmer, there’s a match for you to make in that special person’s honor.
Gift certificate to a local, sustainable restaurant
While gift cards are generally thought of as an unimaginative holiday taboo, inject some thoughtfulness into the concept by packaging up all the grass-fed, organic local lovin’ into a gift certificate to a local restaurant whose values align with your recipient’s. Seattle’s Local 360, a cafe and bar that sources most of its ingredients within 360 miles of its downtown location, is a great example to draw up your inspiration.
Fashion that gives
If your eco-global citizen has a unique style, consider gifting a bit of fashion that does good while looking good. Serengetee uses inspiration from global fabrics to make simple clothes that support a charity of the week, while Project Have Hope sells amazingly-crafted accessories and home decor made by Acholi women in Africa that empowers them and supports their community. With so many options out there, you can’t go wrong with so much right.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make the difference, and those little things, like waste from paper coffee cups and plastic water bottles, can really add up. Gifting a little bit of liquid sustainability can be an exercise in creativity with such great options like fully customizable KeepCup coffee cups and MiiR waterbottles. (Bonus: MiiR forwards $1 from each purchase to provide clean drinking water to one person for one year!)
During the chill of winter, nothing helps cheer up a room like some indoor greenery. Gifts such as these micro-green kits from UncommonGoods or this grow-your-own Bansai tree kit from vat19 have some staying power and are perfect for the green thumb in your life.
BONUS STOCKING STUFFER
While a toothbrush might not be the best main attraction, as a stocking stuffer the Bogo (buy-one-give-one) brush is absolutely perfect. As the name states, each Bogobrush purchase provides one to someone in need, and as an added bonus, they’re made from bamboo and nylon and are 100% biodegradable. Plus, when has a toothbrush ever looked so sexy? The design is icing on top of the feel-good cake.