Christmas is just around the corner and you can already feel the shopping frenzy in town and in shopping centers. I love this time of the year, when cities are enlightened and we wear warm coats and beanies to go shopping, looking for the perfect gifts to put under the Christmas tree. It is always very nice to spoil our family and friends, I usually engage in the Christmas gifting tradition with great pleasure, but this year I can’t help thinking about the down side of this overconsumption period.
Because let’s face it, the purpose of Christmas gifts isn’t really to fulfill a need, and we tend to offer things that are not always useful, even completely pointless sometimes. There is a sort of social obligation to offer something for Christmas, even though the person really doesn’t need anything or when you’re out of gift ideas, and we all once ended up with that ugly pair of socks you’ll never wear or that book you’ll never read. Even though I love the Christmas spirit I have to admit that this overconsumption and this waste of money and ressources bother me a little, so I decided to make my Christmas gifts differently this year.
I suggest we offer eco-friendly gifts to our families, meaning products made in a sustainable way or with recycled materials and/or that have a low impact on the environment. By choosing to offer gifts both useful and eco-friendly you reduce the environmental impact of your Christmas shopping and you encourage your family and friends to have a more sustainable attitude as well, it’s 100% positive!
Here is a selection of eco-friendly gifts ideas that are both cool and not harmful for the planet ;)
And also a few books !
Merry Christmas everyone :)