Hello lovelies. Wow, Can you believe it is 9 weeks till Christmas? This year has just flown in. With the current pandemic it feels like covid has made the year pass by so quickly.
It is definitely going to be a very different Christmas this year. Why not use that to our advantage and cut down on the amount of waste produced at this time of the year! This year I vow to only shop locally and I will only be buying gifts without plastic. The Little Green Larder has a new website to make buying eco friendly Christmas gifts online even easier.
If it is wrapped in plastic or contains plastic it will not be under my Christmas tree, and I hope others choose to do the same.
Related blog post:
My Green Guide to a Plastic Free Christmas
I feel like Christmas has become so commercialised that’s sometimes we lose sight of what is important.
For me Christmas is time to take a break from working all of the time and have some chill out time. It is time to spend with the people I love and eat lovely food and drink lovely drinks. No stress, just good times with great people.
There can be so much pressure for people to spend lots of money and buy heaps of presents at Christmas. Let’s face it we all end up with things that we don’t need and wont use at times. It’s not that we are ungrateful, its just that some gifts may not suit everyone. Today I wanted to give you guys some great suggestion of gifts you can give that you don’t have to buy that can be amazing and thoughtful! I’m not saying don’t buy gifts (if you do make them sustainable), but here are some extras you can also give!
A Date in The Park
With all of the restrictions this year you may not be able to spend time with loved ones indoor so why not plan a cosy picknick in your garden or a park.
Pack a few hot water bottles, some mulled wine and mince pies and spend time with your loved ones catching up and chilling out.
If you have friends with kids then why not give them a voucher to look after them while your friends have a night off. This can be such a wonderful gift and you get to spend time with their wee ones!
Of course this one will have to be cashed in next year when the restrictions are eased a bit but it will be something to look forward to!
An I Owe You to Tidy a Room or do a Chore
My lovely fiancé has lived with me in my flat for almost 6 years and he has cleaned the bathroom twice. I clean it every week and I would honestly love for him to do it a bit more. It sounds silly but it would be a great Christmas gift for him to do it for me instead.
I love handmade gifts, they are so thoughtful and amazing. Home baked cookies, home brewed beer, a cross stitched gift. Anything that you make that you think your friends and family will love will be amazing!
My mum knits the cosiest socks and I just love when I get them as a gift as I know she has put so much effort into making them and they keep my toes cosy in the cold!
The Gift of Time
Just spending time with family or friends you don’t see often is priceless. I work so much, I have always been that way. I have worked for myself for 10 years and my business always come as first priority. I love it and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
At Christmas time I love to take some time off and relax and be with the people who are important to me. Visit your grandparents, spend time with an old friend, go and see someone you don’t often get to spend time with and just enjoy it!
A Jar of Happiness
My lovely friend Julie did this for my 30th birthday and it was one of the best gifts I have ever received.
She wrote down things she loved about me, a few inside jokes/ quotes that make me laugh and inspirational quotes. Put them all in a jar with a ribbon tied around it and gave it to me.
If I am ever having a hard day I take out one of the bits of paper and read it and it makes me smile. It never fails to change my mood and it the perfect gift!
A Voucher for a Massage
Massage is so lovely and relaxing. Why not give your partner a voucher for a relaxing massage. You dont have to be a pro to do this. Getting a foot rub after a long days work is always lovely.
Setting a Date
So this one may cost you money one day but it doesn’t have to be a lot. Instead of a physical gift you can plan a date for the future. Life can be so busy that quite often we forget to take time for our self and the people we love. Be it a picknick in the park, a trip to the cinema or a meal out. Plan to do something with your partner or friend. You can even buy them a voucher or do a DIY one to let them know where and when.
I hope you have enjoyed this blog and it has. inspired you to give some alternative gifts this Christmas. It’s not all about flashing the cash, spending time with people when possible can be better
The Little Green Blogger