How can we all be a bit more ethical when buying Christmas gifts this year? It’s a conversation we were having as a team this week, especially given we have all left our Christmas shopping till the last minute.
It’s too easy to buy rubbish when in that last minute gift panic, but fear not as we have lots of ideas on ethical gifts that you can still get your hands on!
Give an experience!
In a world where we all have too much ‘stuff’ (just think how many books and businesses are aimed at helping you declutter!) why not think differently and give the gift of an experience.
- Gift vouchers for your local independent cinema
- A dinner at their favourite local restaurant
- A membership for the National Trust or other stately homes or museums
- A yoga studio or gym membership
- Book a couple of places on a workshop, such as a yoga, or our popular AYM workshops!
Give the gift of learning!
- Lessons in something arty and crafty. Why not try a pottery class together, learn to make jewellery, or get crafty with wood…
- Singing lessons!
- Learning a new skill for a business, like Ayurvedic Yoga Massage. Empowering someone to be self employed could be truly life changing.
- Lessons in a new language for those wanderlust types 🙂
Give the gift of supporting a charity!
- Donate to Crisis and donate someone homeless a place to celebrate Christmas.
- Help the RSPA support neglected, abused animals this Christmas.
- Buy a Refuge parcel for a woman or child escaping domestic abuse.
And if you do want to give something to open…
- Look in charity shops , especially great for second hand books, games etc
- Buy from local independent stores so you’re supporting your community
- Instead of buying plastic rubbish, why not buy wooden toys, or handmade items.
Of course Christmas is more than just present giving. There are lots of other ways that you can be more ethically minded this Christmas. Check out this article from the BBC on other changes you could make. We have committed to all of them 🙂