Like a lot of people, I’ve been busy putting together Christmas gifts this week. I tried to be conscious about the burden of giving people more physical things. I also wanted to be less wasteful and reduce my impact on the environment. Here are some of my approaches to gift giving a little more consciously this year:
- When gifting clothes, I focused on basics and quality, ethical brands; avoid patterns and loud seasonal colors. This increases the likelihood that your gift will be worn.
- I wrote a card using what I already had at home. After decluttering junk I had sitting around for years, I realized how important it is to actually use up craft supplies you already own.
- On my card, I explicitly encouraged the recipient to recycle, donate, or re-gift the gift once they have finished loving it.
- I paired basic clothing gifts with luxurious consumable gifts in a care package to add something exciting to something boring.
- Use free newspapers crumpled up for cushioning shipped gifts instead of bubble wrap. And if you already have a subscription, you can use the cover of the New Yorker for small boxes or the comics page for larger boxes.
- Be conscious of the size and weight of your gifts. For someone who has no space, consider simple elegant delicate jewelry or subscriptions, like to audible for audio books. It’s a great gift. I’ve listened to more books with audible in the past one month than I read all year last year.
I think we can all be more reasonable with gift giving. What’s your approach? Would love to hear your thoughts.