Person standing beside a Christmas tree holding a gift wrapped in hessian fabric and twine

The sustainable Christmas gift guide

22 Sep 22 2 minute read

We all want to spoil the ones we love at Christmas, but how often have you bought a gift just for the sake of it? 

Think about it - we’ve all ended up with heavily packaged bathroom gift sets or over-sized pyjamas that end up gathering dust at the back of the cupboard. So, before you hit ‘proceed to checkout’, take a moment to check if you are buying something that the recipient really wants, or will use once then chuck away?  

At the risk of sounding like Scrooge, the most sustainable Christmas gift will always be the one you didn’t buy. However, there are still plenty of ways you can give something unique and meaningful while also showing the planet you care. 

Christmas doesn't need to cost the earth, the best bit is being together. #LetsDoChristmas

Second-hand is second to none

Scotland has more than 115 quality certified Revolve stores chock full of preloved items in excellent condition, so you can find a unique gift and support a good cause at the same time.

Give someone the gift that keeps on giving

Memberships, subscriptions and experiences give people the chance to indulge in a hobby or passion. They can also be a great way to spend some quality time with loved ones in the New Year, creating moments that will be remembered long after they’re over.  

Experiences come in all shapes and sizes. Walk an alpaca, check. Spa day, check. Furniture upcycling, check. Airbnb even offers online experiences from hosts all around the world. Go on a safari, enjoy a coffee masterclass or be amazed by a magic show all from the comfort of your couch. 

Retro pre-loved gifts

Online auction sites like eBay are a great way to find meaningful gifts while keeping goods in use – from out-of-print books to vintage games, toys and furniture. 

Gift your time

It is the season of goodwill after all! Why not pledge to donate to a charity close to their heart instead of a gift – or volunteer your time to help a cause they care about. 

Closer to home, everyone has a chore or two they’ve been putting off. An offer to wash the car or to weed the garden will always go down a treat or you could gift your time to join them doing something they’ve always wanted to do...even if it’s not quite your cup of tea! 

Person tying a gift tag to a jar of preserves - homemade Christmas presents

Cooking up a treat

Making your own cakes, jams and chutneys is a great way of giving a thoughtful present without the waste. Love Food Hate Waste has some scrumptious recipes perfect for gifts including this last-minute Christmas cake.