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Christmas Gifts, but make them sustainable!

Dec 13, 2023 | Konstantinos Madias

The festive season of gifting is here, and as the holiday spirit fills the air, the joy of giving becomes even more special when it aligns with our commitment to sustainability. This year, Paper Paste Living and I are thrilled to guide you towards a curated selection of presents that will not only warm the hearts of your loved ones but are also good for our planet. 

Each year I find myself struggling with finding gifts that are both aesthetically pleasing and represent my eco-conscious values. After many years of searching for the ideal gifts, I have uncovered five pathways to perfect, sustainable presents. Now I am ready to share them with you so you don’t have to struggle! 

Embracing our shared passion for interior design, this list homes in on pieces for your home and lifestyle.

Let's dive into the realm of conscious gifting!

1. Do-It-Yourself Delights:

It may sound time-consuming, but handmade gifts hold unparalleled charm and I promise you they will bring a huge smile to the person you want to gift them, even if it doesn’t look very aesthetic. Delve into the world of DIY with two heartfelt ideas: 

DIY Macramé Decor

Explore the art of macramé to craft intricate wall hangings, plant hangers, or curtains. This craft produces beautiful, bohemian-inspired decor, allowing you to choose natural and sustainable fibres. Ideal for friends with a penchant for greenery, these handmade macramé pieces add a touch of nature to any space.

Personalised Handmade Candles

Nothing sets the vibe quite like living light, especially homemade ones with a personal touch. Experiment with shapes, scents, and colours to make it unique. Crafted from natural ingredients like soy wax and essential oils, these candles not only soothe the senses but also align with sustainable living.

2. Revived and Renewed

 For those less inclined to DIY, consider gifts fashioned from up-cycled or recycled materials, such as the Ripple Vase by Paper Paste Living. The Ripple Vase by Paper Paste Living combines sustainability with aesthetics, and it can be easily integrated into any interior design style. Crafted entirely from paper paste and water, it's a testament to innovative design and eco-friendly living. A perfect addition to any home, merging style with environmental consciousness.

Alternatively, ZigZag Zurich, offers stunning blankets, combining sustainability with a flair contributing to the artistic community. Their beautiful blankets could be a great Christmas gift for the creative soul among your loved ones.

3. Memories Over Materials

Shift the focus from material possessions to experiences, for instance, gift your loved ones with pottery lessons. Imagine the joy of creating one's own mug, a functional and organic masterpiece. It not only encourages creativity but also embodies the essence of mindful living. No promises on the turnout of the mug though!

4. Functional Finesse

Functional pieces with a sustainable edge are key to conscious gifting. For example, the Barcelona pouf by Paper Paste Living, which is crafted from regenerated Italian cotton, organic coconut fibres, natural latex, FSC-certified wood, and recycled paper waste, exemplifies elegance and environmental responsibility. A versatile addition to any space, providing both comfort and hidden storage space. Sounds like a great gift for that friend of yours who hates any type of clutter!

Functionality comes in many ways and sometimes a product function can be to help you unwind and have a blissful moment. The handmade ritual sets from Minimuc can be a great gift to someone who is already practising rituals or could be a great way to empower a newcomer.

5. Inspire With An Eco-Friendly Starter Kit

We all have that friend who still buys single-use plastic items, and this year it’s about time we intervene in the most heart-warming way, a "Sustainable Starter Kit". Create a sustainable kit which will consist of metallic straws, reusable bottles, and organic shopping bags. It will be the perfect way to jumpstart their eco-friendly journey, offering a practical and impactful way to make conscious choices.

This festive season, let’s gift not just joy, but a celebration of sustainability—a harmonious blend of affection and environmental consciousness that warms hearts and embraces the planet we call home.

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