The best gift ideas for your eco-friendly friends

  • December 20, 2022

There’s nothing better than giving a friend or family member a gift that brings a smile to their face – but when that gift is also thoughtful, kind to the environment and waste-free? Well, that’s just an added bonus! This year, when shopping for presents for those you hold near and dear, why not consider gifts with a more sustainable footprint? Here are just some of our fave present ideas from some of the best local stores around. Merry Christmas to one and all!

  • 1. Exercise your green thumb

    Perfect for the garden-lovers in your life, the Sow n Sow Christmas Herbs gift is a festive-themed gardening pressie that will make your pals and Mother Nature smile. Featuring a trio of herbs such as parsley, thyme and chives – this present is easy to grow and will leave your garden smelling as fresh and fragrant as ever. What makes this gift super special? The original illustrations by Melbourne artist, Daniella Germain. Locally made, printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled cards and plastic free – this is the perfect Christmas present for those who love getting back to nature.

  • 2. Kitchen helper

    Have a friend who loves spending time in the kitchen chopping veggies or cutting up their fave fruits? Same! The Camphor Laurel cutting board is the perfect addition to any bustling kitchen or dining space. A great size and made from salvaged Camphor Laurel timber – your buds be able to chop, dice, cut and slice their favourite ingredients no matter what’s on the menu that day. Best of all, this cutting board can also be used as a cheese board or serving platter. Mmm! That’s our kind of present! Made in Australia using Camphor Laurel (an ethically acceptable timber), this board is more hygienic than plastic, pine and glass cutting boards.

  • 3. Time for a little self-care

    This is for all the beauty lovers out there! This detoxifying cleanser bar uses a refreshing blend of magnesium and sea salt to help you feel like you’re floating deep in the cobalt-coloured ocean. Made in Australia and packaged in a recyclable box, this cleansing bar is vegan, cruelty free, free of parabens, palm oil and sulphates, as well as detergent free. Suitable for face and body, it’s an ideal gift for those looking to take some time out for themselves to feel good, inside and out.

  • 4. Beautiful bodies

    For those who’ve hibernated during winter and are ready to treat their skin to some much-needed R&R. This Zero Co Body Lotion is made from natural ingredients that are great for your skin and smell divine. Think of this as a smoothie for your skin – and goodness knows we love our smoothies! Made with a reusable refill pouch, this pressie will reduce waste when it’s time for a top up. Made using macadamia, jojoba and sweet almond oil, carrot extract, aloe vera and green tea leaf and ginseng root extract. Importantly, this lotion is septic and grey water safe, and free of phthalate and palm oil.

  • 5. Downward facing Santa

    For the yogi in your life, the Anjali luxury cork yoga mat will take every stretch and position to the next level. We’re talking ultimate comfort here, people! Not only is cork naturally anti-bacterial, it’s made from natural tree rubber. This mat is free of glues, plastics and toxins, is SGS certified and completely biodegradable. The fun thing about yoga with a cork mat? The more you sweat, the better grip you’ll get. Need a stronger grip but don’t fancy getting all hot and bothered – simply spray some water on the mat. It’s that easy!

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