The holiday season is here and people around the world are celebrating Christmas and the upcoming new year with much fervour and enthusiasm. The season is also famous for all the gifting traditions and cultures around the world. While gifting is a unique tradition that has been followed for centuries now, one must look at the impact that such a culture, especially in the world of consumerism and fast fashion, has on the world. In this blog post, we at SochGreen take you through some of the green gifting trends this season. Any event, be it Christmas, New Year, or Diwali, or a simple house party can be turned into an eco-friendly activity with just a bit of forethought. Sure, it requires some kind of planning, a little more planning than having disposables at your party, but that’s all it takes!
- Gifting Experiences than Gifting Objects
The rampant materialism around us makes it super easy for us to go out and get a Christmas present for everyone. In fact, these days, one doesn’t even have to go out to get a present; you can simply order it straight from home. But, take a step back and spare a thought. Is there anything else that you can do instead of ordering things on Amazon? Would the person better like a spa experience or a movie voucher? Would they like tickets to a music show? Would they rather you bake them some nice cakes and cookies? Or how about just spending some quality time with them with a movie and some popcorn? Get creative! Think out of the box.
- Eco-friendly gifts
If you must buy a tangible gift, then we suggest you buy something that is long-lasting, made of good quality, and is reusable. Please stay away from one-time use products that are most likely to end up in a landfill. Instead, think of useful gifts that can be used again and again for many years to come. The other thing that you must check while gifting is to see whether the products that you choose are ethically made and whether their ingredients are ethically sourced. This adds to the fairness of all the parties involved in this kind of exchange. Also, make sure that the gifts are from what is available in your nearby markets instead of importing it from other countries. This reduces the carbon footprint of your gift. Also, it’s better to gift something that people need than what people want.
Also, if you have been wondering about when to gift your loved ones any products from SochGreen, here is your chance! We are running a 40% off sale on many of our products, including SochUnderwear with Inserts, SochPads of many sizes, and our labia pads as well. A mix and match of many of these products will be the absolute best gift and self-care package all-in-one that you can gift to your female friends, acquaintances, and relatives. Our website www.sochgreen.com also has several comparison charts and sizing quizzes to help you find the best fit for all the products.
Another important aspect of gift buying is the amount of unnecessary packaging that it comes with. When you order on e-commerce websites like Flipkart or Amazon, you end with a lot of packaging, especially plastic packaging and bubble wrap that you may not want. A better idea to encounter this is to go to a brick-and-mortar store in your locality and handpick the gifts so that you save on all the extra and unnecessary packaging. Going in store also helps you touch and feel the products, therefore giving you a better idea of the product itself.
- Eco-friendly wrapping
Once you have decided what gifts you want to buy and have them with you, now is the next most challenging thing yet! You have to get creative. Hand-packing the gifts with a personalized and custom note for each of your friends and relatives is a great idea. To wrap your gifts, you can old newspaper, papers from old books, soft cotton cloth that you may already have at home, colourful pieces of cloth that you may no longer have the need for, or anything else at home that you may want to repurpose and reuse.
- Hand-made Greeting Cards and Notes
Close friends and family are always eager to get something handmade and thoughtful as Christmas, New Year, or birthday gifts. You can repurpose your old Christmas greeting cards this time instead of buying new ones. If you have little kids in the house, it can be a fun activity for all of you to sit together and make Christmas cards from existing cards and decorations. You could also add a personalized note along with each of the cards to make your loved ones feel special.
- Christmas Tree and Decorations
Many families have a traditional family Christmas tree. If you have one of them already, you are set! If you need a new one, however, we can go through some of the existing options. You can always think of getting a natural Christmas tree or plant; in tropical countries this would mean a fir plant from your local nursery.
For the decorations, you can always make your own or reuse the existing decorations from previous years. In the time of the internet, it’s really simple to find a few DIY Christmas decorations. This can be done as a pre-Christmas activity with children and friends bonding time.
If none of the above options seem to entice you, here’s an option that is sure to have everyone relook at the way they celebrate Christmas. Christmas, as we all know, is the season of giving. In the same vein, if one is interested, one can always organize a Christmas lunch, a Christmas fundraiser, a Christmas charity etc. This way, we not only help spread the joy among our friends, relatives, and acquaintances, but we also help our communities and those less fortunate celebrate with us. Gifts can be made or given according to the exact needs of the shelter, old age home, or any other organization that you’d like to donate to. If you are still unsure about how to contribute to such an event, you can also look up local charities and simply make a monetary donation.