Christmas… a wonderful time of the year where family reunites, delicious food is on the table and gifts are exchanged. At Club Med, we’re all about giving love and gifts to family and friends but we’re also conscious of the impact this can have on our environment in our continuous commitment towards sustainability.
Discover below five ideas on how to make your Christmas shopping a little bit more sustainable this year while still pleasing your loved ones with ethical Christmas gifts they’ll never forget about!
1. Give unique memories
Who wouldn’t want a holiday for Christmas?! Surprise your loved one with a weekend away or a relaxing week somewhere in the world – the perfect way to create unique memories. Looking for inspiration? Discover many destinations this way.
Music lover? Festivals or concert ✔
Food lover? Cooking lesson ✔
Art lover? Art gallery or exhibit tickets ✔
You get the idea. Keep an eye out for local events and make it your amazing Christmas gift.
Always wanted to go whale watching or bungee jumping? There are so many experiences to try both locally and overseas, it makes the perfect gift for all budgets. And why not treat yourself to the same gift so you can also share the joy?
Whether your loved ones are gym junkies or beauty box addicts, there are many options of memberships to choose from. Rather than one gift in December, they’ll love receiving this gift all year long.
2. Give your time
This is not always the most common way of gifting but sometimes giving your own time can go a long way. Have a special skill you can help with like gardening or painting? Create your own voucher to give away some of your time!
Know friends that need a babysitter few times a year or a car to borrow? Organise it and surprise them with your kindness!
3. Upcycle existing objects
Before you throw away old furniture or toys, think to yourself if it could have a second chance with a bit of a touch-up? You’d be surprised how easy it is to repaint small furnishing or repurpose objects for a brand new life.
Not sure where to start? Check these awesome upcycling ideas from a new lamp to a jewelry frame organizer. They will make amazing ethical Christmas gifts.
4. Bake some yummy treats
Something as simple as food can make someone’s Christmas! And why not learn a skill too? Between cupcakes and savoury cakes, there are many yummy treats to please your loved ones.
Not really into cooking? Look in your local chocolate store, gifting delicious chocolate made with love can only go right.
5. Buy ethical and local
Of course, we’re not all crafty with an ever-lasting supply of old furniture to upcycle lying around.
So for eco-friendly gifts, why not find a local artisan and buy something you know has been created with love and with a great story behind it.
Check your local artists selling paintings, sculptures, home decoration… Get information on any organic stores nearby or local wine producers.
So remember for this Christmas, it’s all about giving sustainably and ethically. Give unique memories, give your time, give something you made, give to the local community by buying something different.