Green Gift Given Simple

A quick internet search will reveal that there are no shortage of “green gift” guides out there. Some of which have some pretty great ideas, and some of which leave a little to be desired. Wading through all of the trendy suggestions can make your head spin.

May we suggest keeping it simple this year? And we’re not talking Martha Stewart-esque simple-but-not-actually-simple DIY mega projects either. Just simple, and kind to the planet.

Though it sounds cliche these days, time is still one of the most appreciated gifts that you can give someone.  Take a friend out for coffee.  Build an epic blanket fort for your niece or nephew. Invite a bunch of friends over for a holiday movie night. It doesn’t have to be over the top to bring joy to those you love.

Similarly, buying an experience for someone instead of an unnecessary gadget, can go a long way towards lessening your holiday impact on the environment. People love it. Give your friends something to look forward to by purchasing them a day’s kayak rental, or tickets to a concert or sporting event. You get the idea.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a holiday gift guide without suggesting a DIY project. Did you know that you can make some simple items that people will appreciate? Make a big batch of natural homemade laundry soap with just a few ingredients. Mason jar beeswax candles are another homemade gift that’s sure to please.  Do a quick internet search for “upcycling” and you’ll be treated to a host of ideas for turning items found at home into something new and gift worthy.

And now it’s time for the best idea of all…FOOD!  Cookies, preserves, cordials and nut brittles. The possibilities are endless. But here’s the thing – you don’t need to give people a massive pile of treats. A few choice morsels are just as satisfying. Don’t forget about savoury treats too. Some spiced cashews or homemade crackers are sure to be a hit, for those friends keeping an eye on their sugar intake.

Throughout the holiday season, don’t forget to minimize your waste any way that you can. We would love to be a part of your “green” Christmas this year, so make sure to bring in your worn out lights, festive drink bottles and cans, and any old electronics that Santa may be replacing with something new.



Happy Holidays from all of us at Island Return It.