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Gift ideas for a Living Planet

Gift ideas for a living planet

Around November every year is when I start stressing about the demands of gift giving at Christmas - not all of my friends and family appreciate the same things as I do! How to give them a gift they'll appreciate while not crossing too far over my own moral boundaries?

If you too find yourself in this position, I hope to help you set your mind at rest with some great ideas for gifts that have less environmental and social impact - or hopefully even a positive impact. This list could go on forever - but hopefully it will spark some idea for you; please comment and add any ideas you have for your own Gift Ideas For a Living Planet to this post, we'd love you to share them!

Give an experience

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Theatre anyone? Give a ticket or gift voucher with Melbourne Theatre Company or tickets to see Wind In The Willows in the botanic gardens with the Australian Shakespeare Company

Active day out - Tree Adventures is an absolutely exhilarating experience for kids and adults alike, or perhaps a family ticket to go Cherry Picking - there are several locations to choose from in Melbourne - there will be similar fruit picking activities wherever you live

Give them something living or some tools to help them grow living things

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A plant, set of colourful flowers or gift certificate from your local nursery, a pot of living herbs you have grown to put on their window sill, combo of heritage seeds to grow or some packets of seeds you've grown and saved yourself, or a book to help them create an awesome garden.

Homemade goodies to eat and drink - or give them a kit and they can make it themselves!

Food dehydrating Munch waxed food wraps Fermenting Crock

Special home-made tea blends made just for them, a jar of jam, homemade sourkraut, cheese, pear cider, preserved fruit, dehydrated fruit roll-ups in a variety of flavours. One of our daughters friends gave her a beautiful jar (scored from the op-shop I expect), filled with home made choc-chip bikkies for her birthday present - our daughter loved it!

Educational and inspirational books, magazines or workshops

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The Tomorrow Book DIY fermentation book Brew it yourself book

A subscription to Earth Garden (for gardeners), Cosmos (adult science lovers), or Double Helix or Scientriffic (for young science lovers). There are heaps of DIY food books in our shop; something for everyone.

A membership to a local environmental group such as Local Food Connect, or a booking to one of Doris Pozzi's Edible Weeds walks in Melbourne (or one of her books 'Edible Weeds')

Give them your time!

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Is there something you can do that they need? Can you build them a compost bay? A chook shed? Do a weeding blitz of their garden at a time of their choice? Build them a wicking bed? Organise a working bee with a group of friends for your special friend? (what a beautiful birthday present!)

Reusable food and drink containers

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When you want to do rubbish free lunches, it really helps to have good equipment! Bees Wax Waxed Food Wraps made in Melbourne, re-usable Little Mashies or My Squeeze squeeze pouches for little kids, stainless steel food container...the list goes on.

Gifts made from second hand or recycled materials

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Snag a unique gift at your local op-shop, give them a purse made from recycled inner tube, a belt or stubby holder made from recycled tyre.

Gifts to charities

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These are pretty hardcore gifts - suitable for friends and family who are happy to in fact not receive anything, and have someone else receive the gift in their place. Examples are:

Care gifts - where you can buy thick blankets for a family ($46) or 50 bars of soap ($25), and many other things

We hope you have come away from this blog feeling a little less anxious about gift choices this year! Please share with us your own suggestions, we'd love to hear them.

Written by Lucinda Flynn of Going Green Solutions

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