Natural Living Gift Giving Ideas and More for a Greener Holiday
When the holiday gift-giving season rolls around it can be especially difficult for those of us who choose to live a greener lifestyle. From the plastic ornaments and chemical Christmas fragrances to the yards of wasteful wrapping paper. The holidays can be overwhelming, no doubt. Before you become a Grinch checkout my tips for making greener choices for the holidays.
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Practical Purposeful Gifts
Who doesn’t love a purposeful gift, especially one that will solve a problem? Glass storage containers for dry goods are not only purposeful, but they can also be personalized too with vinyl labels. The same goes for a dozen Pint Mason Jars or amber glass spray bottles. Quality 100% Cotton Dish Towels always make a nice practical addition to any gift basket as well.
Trim the Tree with Natural Ornaments
Look for ornaments that are made with natural ingredients such as mini grapevine wreaths, dried berries, or re-purposed antique ornaments. Another option is to make your own ornaments. I like to trim the tree with pine cones, dried apples, cinnamon sticks, and homemade salt dough ornaments.
Loose Leaf Holiday Teas and Fair-trade Coffee Gifts
Everyone loves getting their favorite hot beverages for Christmas. Shop for Loose Leaf Organic Teas and Natural Tea Bags. A personalized mug or a stainless tumbler (this my favorite tumbler) helps reduce waste and pairs well with fair-trade coffees.
Jewelry Gifts for the Naturalist
Every girl loves a beautiful piece of jewelry, no matter the occasion. Why give a jewelry gift to promote wellness and natural living? Diffuser jewelry has become more and popular but can be difficult to find locally. I found beautiful necklaces and bracelets at The Oil Collection. Add an essential oils kit to use with their diffuser jewelry.
Skip the Chemical Holiday Fragrances
Have you ever walked into a store during in the holidays and immediately started sneezing because of the all the chemical fragrances in the air? I most certainly have, only to be followed by a headache. And who wants a headache when they are shopping for holiday gifts?
Did you know you can enjoy your favorite holiday fragrance without the chemicals? Essential oils make it easy to create your favorite holiday scents like gingerbread, spiced cider, and fresh pine! Speaking of fresh pine, check my recipe for Winter Pine Room Spray. Learn how to make natural Christmas potpourri, candles, room sprays, and more in my newest book Holiday Essential Oils Gift Making. If you’re new to essential oils start with the kit I began with here.
Skin Loving Natural Bath and Body Gifts
Who doesn’t love to be pampered? There are lots of options out there when it comes to holiday bath and body gifts. Unfortunately, most are made with hormone disruptors and carcinogens. Look for natural products that not only smell great but love your skin! Or make them yourself, find loads of natural skincare recipes in my book DIY Holiday Essential Oil Gift Making.
Reduce Waste with Natural Gift Wrapping Ideas
When it comes to gift wrapping skip the colorful chemical yards on a roll. Think outside the box, such as reusable muslin tote bags and drawstring bags. When possible reuse paper gift bags and other packaging. For traditional wrapping buy only yards made from recycled paper. I happen to love the look of recycled kraft paper wrapping and natural twine. You know, “Brown paper packages tied up with string”. Add a cinnamon stick or dried orange to dress things up.
The next time you’re stuck on ideas for gifts or sneezing in the long holiday lines, I hope you find this list as inspiration. Find more ideas practical gift ideas in my 20 Must Have Green Living Essentials. What are some of your favorite natural living gift giving ideas?