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So you’ve drawn a name out of a hat and have the wrapping ready to go, but coming up with a great eco gift idea for your Secret Santa can be a challenging and time-consuming task. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of F&F goodies that we think make perfect gifts - just scroll through the list below to see which individual trait best matches your SS!
For those with a Green Thumb
Plants of all varieties make for wonderful gifts come Christmas. What’s even better is if that plant is edible! Urban Green’srange of grow kits contain everything you need to start and cultivate your own little collection of herbs, leafy greens, fruits, and veggies! The Australian company sources the seeds locally and completes each kit with cute peat pots, growing substrate discs, labels and of course a recipe and instruction booklet to help guide and inspire you along the way.
They’ve also recently launched a range of grow + brew tea kits that are ideal for any SS that loves a good cuppa - each kit also comes with a ‘proper’ sized enamel mug (read: nice and large!). Select from peppermint, chamomile, echinaceaor lemon balm to treat your SS to a fun and delicious pressie. They will think of you every time they enjoy a cup of their homegrown tea. From $24.95.
For the Socially Conscience Colleague
Gifting socks can seem a little cliche, but these stylish goods from Conscious Step are anything but your average pair of cotton socks. Every pair of Conscious Step socks supports a partner organisation to carry out world-changing work. The company works with partners based on the direct impact that the organisation provides in the world.
From planting trees to feeding children, they look for the small actions that add up to a big impact. Each sock also comes with an embroidered symbol that represents the impact you’ve created and the cause you are supporting. This Christmas, why not up the sock game and give a gift that keeps on giving? From $17.95.
We also love these incredibly practical produce bags from Green + Kind are a brilliant gift for anyone trying to reduce their single-use plastic consumption. Never again will you have to seek out and fiddle with the classic supermarket plastic produce bag dispenser, but instead have your own reusable, eco-friendly bags that can be simply stored away in the handy (and adorable) pouch. Once the shopping is done, you can just pop your produce straight in the fridge as the bags are made from breathable, 100% rPET (recycled drink bottles) material. Available in both 4pk or 8pk, they are a perfect, feel-good gift that will make both your SS and the planet happy! From $11.95.
For the Bake-a-holic
There’s no denying Christmas is a time for indulgence - however, the joy from a standard chocolate cake isn’t always shared by everyone. Enter this delectable cake mix from The Gluten Free Food Co with their gluten-free and vegan chocolate cake mix that tastes just as good (if not better than) your favourite chocolate cake. Better yet, why not bake it for your SS (it is incredibly simple to make) - however, the obvious challenge would be not to eat it beforehand… $14.95.
For the Eco Homemaker
If you want a gorgeous treat for someone who loves having an eco-friendly home try these compostable dishcloths. In gorgeous designs, they are fun and functional and only $6.95 each. Shop the cloths.
Bonus Secret Santa idea: For the office dog!
It’s not a glamorous present, however an extremely useful one! Perfect for when you’re tasked with taking the office dog out and about during the day. These bags are perfect to keep in the office so that you’re never caught out by any unexpected surprises. The BioBags doggy bags are certified compostable and are a brilliant alternative to plastic bags. $7.95.
Finding a suitable eco-friendly Secret Santa gift can be a bit of a mission, however, by putting your own touch on some of these ideas you can create a really memorable and much-loved present. Christmas is of course not just about the presents but the act of giving and receiving, which what makes this time of year so wonderfully special!