We are already at the beginning of December! Christmas is fast approaching. Starting to think about the Christmas gifts to offer. For some of us, finding gift ideas has never been a problem. But for me, that’s not the case, it’s more of a headache. I would really like to please my loved ones. But there is also something else. I would like to offer responsible, environmentally friendly gifts that will not end up in the closet. I would like to share with you some ideas.
1. An experience
You can offer an intangible gift, such as an experience. These can be tickets for theater, wine tasting, a cooking class, a yoga class, a tree climbing trip, an escape game… Why not offer an experience with you? It’s a chance to get together and spend some time together after the holidays!
2. Food or Beverage Gift
A food gift can delight gourmets. You can find nice assortments of spices for those who like to cook. For most gourmands, there are delicious spreads, such as Jean Hervé products (http://www.jeanherve.fr/en/). Bulk stores often sell products from local producers, a good option for an eco-responsible gift. On the drinking gift side, there is a lot to choose from. You can offer a good bottle of wine. There are also more and more small local breweries. Why not offer a small assortment to beer lovers? Or local fruit juices? Finally, you can always turn to coffee, tea and herbal teas. There is something for everyone.
3. A reusable object for everyday use
Plastic is not fantastic. A stainless steel bottle makes a great gift for every day. The Gaspajoe brand (https://gaspajoe.fr/), for example, offers very pretty water bottles in different sizes. Mine never leaves me. This avoids buying plastic bottles, which in addition to polluting are bad for your health, unlike stainless steel. For those who bring their lunch to work, there are also stainless steel lunch boxes.
4. Healthy and ecological cosmetics
5. A “Nothing new” gift
6. A homemade gift
7. An eco-responsible yoga mat
An eco-responsible yoga mat is a great gift. If you know a beginner in yoga who doesn’t have a mat, don’t hesitate. I started practicing yoga with the Gotta Joga app, and I was practicing on a fitness mat. The dog upside down was exhausting for me, because my hands were always slipping. A yoga mat, with a good grip, changes everything. A great gift idea that will be used every day! You will find at Tayrona a selection of eco-responsible and non-slip yoga mats (https://www.tayronalife.com/collections/tapis-de-yoga).
8. A Gotta Joga gift card
I admit, I’m biased on this gift idea 😉. Do you want to introduce one of your loved ones to yoga? Or encourage a friend to take a break, and take some time to do some good, both mentally and physically? You can offer a Gotta Joga gift card: https://app.gottajoga.com/offrir ! The Gotta Joga gift card gives access for 6 months to all yoga classes in the app.
This list proposes different ideas, and some of them may seem (very?) strange, such as the idea of offering a second-hand item. But perhaps you are still interested in the idea of a “Nothing new” approach. Adapt to the person you are giving the gift to! Is the gift for your sister or brother, who does all her shopping in bulk at local producers? Chances are that your approach itself will really please him, not just the gift. For others, offer a great experience with yourself.
Another way for us to be in an eco-responsible approach is to limit over packaging. Sometimes you can find boxes ready, but really over-wrapped, with a lot of plastic. If there is a bulk store near you (https://cartovrac.fr/), check it out! In general, these stores offer eco-responsible gifts. Ask the people who run the store for advice and ideas, they will be happy to help you. And it will also be an opportunity to try shopping in a bulk store, if you’ve never done it before!
We wish you a very happy holiday season! Feel free to tell us about your ideas for a more environmentally friendly Christmas!