Eco-Friendly Secret Santa Presents (For $30 Or Less!)
Who says recycled gifts are a bad thing? This season, give a gift that glows an earth-friendly shade of green. Save money, be a fabulous gift giver and be gentle on the planet.
Check out our list of eco-friendly ethical, and responsibly sourced presents – all for under $30!
[Image Source: Kapuluan Coconut]
FOR THE BEAUTY JUNKIE
This hardworking multi-purpose oil can be used for absolutely everything from dry hair to chapped lips, making it makes a great gift for skincare fanatics. High in nourishing Vitamin E and antioxidants, it’s made of the freshest coconuts sourced from organic farms in the Philippines. Kapuluan Coconut plants a new coconut tree for every product sold, to help Filipino farmers rebound from Typhoon Haiyan and help combat climate change.
[Image Source: Papa Palheta]
FOR YOUR WORK BFF
A reusable tumbler saves the waste from single-use paper or Styrofoam cups. KeepCup’s travel mugs are spill-free and come in a range of kaleidoscopic colour combinations so you can choose your bestie’s favourites. Still not convinced? Here are five reasons to ditch that disposable cup.
[Image Source: Human Nature]
FOR THE OUTDOORSY FRIEND
Studies estimate that 4000-6000 metric tons of sunscreen wash off into oceans globally, threatening 10 percent of the world’s coral reefs. Enjoy a truly carefree frolic at the beach with Human Nature’s reef-safe sunblock that protects you from harmful UVA and UVB rays. It’s a great alternative to chemical sunscreens, which contain ingredients that cause coral bleaching.
[Image Source: Blue Stone Botanicals]
FOR THE ONE WHO’S ALWAYS STRESSED
Relax your senses with this natural aromatherapy mist made from pure rainwater collected from the volcanic mountain slopes of Bali and sustainably produced essential oils. Each product you buy is helping to support the livelihoods of rural communities on the islands.
FOR THE ONE WHO LOVES TO COOK
The opposite of mindless consumption is conscious creation. Why not join the farm-to-table movement by growing your own micro-greens? This indoor plant gives you fresh herbs as well as salad greens – yum!
[Image Source: Muji]
FOR THE ARTIST WHO LOVES TO DOODLE
Recycled notebooks assuage the guilt of those who love their handwritten notes, but hate wasting trees. Plus, all things Muji are fabulous too, obvs.
[Image Source: The First Green Store]
Check out the very first plantable pencils in the world, which come with a special seed capsule instead on the top of each pencil. There are so many herbs and flowers to choose from like coriander, sunflower and mint. If pencils aren’t your style, check out these pens (SGD 5) made of recycled corn cobs.
[Image Source: Green & Black's]
FOR THE NEW ONE YOU DON’T KNOW ALL THAT WELL
This just in: Chocolate solves all woes. But when you buy organic and fair trade, your humble bar of chocolate solves others’ woes too. With fair trade you know that chocolate farmers are paid decent wages, and organic means no Earths were harmed in the making of your sweet treat. We’ve tried them all and Green & Black’s is our favourite. At that price, why not choose a few flavours for your lucky Santee. We’re big fans of the 70% dark, orange & mint flavours.
[Image Source: Braintree Clothing]
FOR THE DAPPER MAN-ABOUT-TOWN
Socks get a bad name as a somewhat blah stocking-stuffer, but not when they’re made of bamboo. Bamboo is not only naturally breathable and anti-bacterial, it's also a fast-growing grass that requires little pesticide, making it more environmentally friendly than traditional cotton socks. Braintree Clothing also stocks a range of sustainable socks made of hemp and recycled polyester.
Don't forget to check out our other Christmas gift guides at www.asiaforgood.com/xmas!
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