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GREENING FOR THE SEASON: Shopping for an eco-friendly Christmas

Everyone knows that Christmas time can often mean the time of year we all receive a whole bunch of plastic-by-obligation crap.

No, I’m not a Scrooge and quite honestly I love buying presents for my loved ones, and showering them in material objects to prove how much I love them but…the trap that many people fall into, during this season that is the season of giving, is panic buying, and filling stockings with a whole bunch of (usually plastic) crap that no one in their right mind could ever need or want!

For part one of our eco-Christmas gift guide, we’re helping you to sort out your Christmas list, before the silly season kicks into gear. 

Make a list and don’t panic buy

This is super-duper important! If you make a list and know first and foremost who you really want to shower with material love, it will stop you panic buying in Kmart at 11pm on the 23rd.

A list will also help you take time to really think about the people you’re celebrating this festive season, not the people you’re obligating.

Ya dig?

Perhaps choose to follow the five gift rule (when buying multiple presents for the one person)

This is a great way to stay on track, especially if, like me, you tend to go a little overboard sometimes.

There are lots of variations on this practice but basically it usually involves something they want, need, wear, read, and something homemade.

Kind of nice don’t you think?

Shop locally

This is a great way to avoid contributing to mass consumption and buying a whole bunch of things that no one ever has or ever will need.

Go to markets, or shop inside some of your favourite local businesses. They will love you for it, and so will your loved ones. 

Shop second hand

Seriously though, why buy new when you can buy something that is pretty much brand new, for half the price.

It’s a win, win, win. For everyone! Gumtree, marketplace, you got it. 

Donate and do a good thing

Instead of buying your loved one so many material things, why not do a good deed and donate in their name.

Especially when considering our current climate, figuratively and literally, there has never been a better time to do a good thing. 

Written by Laura Kebby

I write words about talented people doing talented things, and translate chatter by putting pen to paper.