3. Give experiences, not things. “Things” can be broken, lost, or become outdated over time. They can be a waste of money. Instead of buying a gift, surprise your loved one with an experience. Plan a fun date, a getaway or a bucket-list adventure and give a gift that you can hold in your memories forever.
4. Choose a gift made from recycled materials. From recycled beach bags to wallets and journals, there are so many thoughtful gifts to choose from that are environmentally friendly and designed to not end up in the bin. You can find a range of home-grown businesses selling their innovative designs online. The Ethical Gifts website is a great place to start your search.
5. Buy second-hand. It’s cheaper, it’s good for the environment, and if you pick the right present, more than half of Aussies say they would be happy receiving a second-hand gift. So before you get sucked into the Christmas sales, if you know what your loved one really wants check out a few second-hand stores first to save your bank account and the environment.