Christmas time is a magical and romantic time of the year and people love to get cosy at home. Of course, it can also be a very stressful and messy time with a lot of stuff to be organised. And because more and more people want to get away from stress and also materialism we want to show you some very easy ideas and inspirations of how to have a little more sustainable – and relaxed – Christmas this year.
7 Tips for a Sustainable Christmas
1.Make your own Christmas gifts!
Nothing says Christmas like the gift giving, but it doesn’t have to be the latest gadget or something fancy – you can still put a smile on your loved one’s faces with a homemade gift!
If you have some time on your hands and like to craft, why not start some easy DIY projects and gift something that you have made. Starting knitting in lockdown? Why not knit a hat for the winter to keep your loved ones warm?
For parents: you can give the gift of homemade art using hand painting of your baby’s hands or feet. The gift will be both an adorable and fond memory for years to come. Why not try a handprint of your toddler in a 3-ingredient-salt-dough, what a perfect gift for the grandparents?
2. Craft your own wrapping!
Sad news: wrapping paper is often not recyclable. But good news: there are tons of easy, free alternatives. Just use a newspaper or old maps or fabric instead. For a unique gift, ditch the wrapping paper and tape and use a nice scarf – it is a gift inside of a gift.
Other wrapping paper alternatives include, using old TV guides or maps to make a present feel extra vintage!
3. Use forest-friendly or seed paper Christmas cards!
Cards are a wonderful way to show people that you think of them but to keep them sustainable, opt for sending forest-friendly or plantable Christmas cards, the latter have seeds included in the paper. In the UK, you can buy eco-friendly seed paper cards from Little Green Paper Shop.
4. Rent a tree!
Did you know that you can actually rent a Christmas tree? Some companies deliver them and pick them up again to be replanted later or recycled for you after Christmas. For example, in the UK you can rent a tree from Christmas on the Hill.
Or you buy a potted Christmas tree at a nursery – these trees have their roots intact and can be planted in the ground after the holidays. Check out recyclenow.com for Christmas recycle tips. Or perhaps your family already has a fake tree one that you can use and redecorate year after year?
5. Cook something delicious & veggie
Do you have a traditional Christmas dinner or do you like to experiment? Why not try an easy vegetarian Christmas dinner this year instead of a classic roast turkey? Like a Christmas nut roast. For example, this delicious cranberry & pistachio Nut Roast recipe from Jamie Oliver.
6. Decorate with the old or DIY it!
If you want a change, head to your local charity shop to find hidden gems and give decorations a new home. Alternatively, try DIY-ing it yourself. You could reuse old glass bottles as candle holders or wrap fairy lights around them. If handcrafting with kids, you can make decorations out of corks, toilet paper rolls or egg cartons. You can also upcycle our pouches to little Christmas light decorations – like the fairy pouch DIY below which you can find on our Instagram page.
7. Bake up a storm & gift your treats to friends!
Why not try something new and experiment with an easy plant-based cookie recipe – there are amazing recipes without eggs and milk, which both contain allergens.
And to give you even more inspiration, here are two recipes for wonderful last minute, sustainable gifts for friends and family:
Gift Your Own Spices
We might not be able to travel very much this year, but we can still take our taste buds on an adventure.
This simple spice mix using unique shaped tree bottles is a simple way to gift the taste of holiday cuisine to your adventurous friends.
Steps to make our Italian holiday spice mix:
- Decide on a bottle of your choice and use a funnel to place in spices
- For our Italian holiday spice mix we used: parsley, ground garlic, sweet bell pepper and oregano
How to make your own speculaas spread
In Germany and the Netherlands, it’s traditional to eat “speculaas” or “spekulatius” at Christmas. It’s a special Christmas cookie, which you might also know as the Lotus biscoff cookie typically served with coffee at hotels. In this easy gift idea, you can make your own Lotus biscoff spread with just a few simple steps.
This easy spread will remind you of Christmas with its cinnamon flavouring, you’ll want to keep some for yourself too!
Check out our recipe below to make your own speculaas spread, which with it’s cinnamon flavour makes a perfect holiday gift for loved ones and friends!
🍪 Ingredients 🍪
200 g Spekulaas or Lotus Biscoff Biscuits
50 g Margarine
50 g coconut oil (melted)
100 ml plant-based Milk alternative
Zest of a lemon
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla
2 Tsp Icing sugar
🍪 Instructions 🍪
- Place all ingredients into a blender and blend
- Once it has reached desired consistency place in a jar and gift!