Ethical gifting is all about choosing gifts with low impact and making sure that every gift counts in the most important way.
One place to start is not to buy gifts, but to create some great alternative options…
Getting fully involved in a good hobby is an excellent way to pass the long nights and raise the spirits. Why not turn your craft into presents? Collect second-hand wool and make socks or scarves, make a scrapbook full of shared memories, make vegan and Fair Trade chocolates or gather some bulbs and plant them in vintage pots. Why not hand-pour home-made beeswax candles into old teacups or pots and infuse them with your own essential oil blend? Swap the beeswax for soy flakes for a vegan alternative.
Gift your time
You don’t have to spend money to show you care. Make a promise to help an elderly relative clear out their attic or garden. Volunteer to babysit for stressed-out new parents. Offer to sort out a friend’s paperwork or invite your neighbours over for dinner. You could create a physical 'gift voucher' out of paper or card to put in an envelope which can be opened like other presents.
Gift an experience
Now we’re able to visit theatres, attend sports events and enjoy arts and culture again, why not gift an experience that you and a friend can enjoy together. Many of the arts have struggled to keep afloat during the pandemic, so show your support by buying tickets for comedy, musical theatre, ballet or opera.
Or you can get inventive and plan a trip, design an itinerary and fill it full of fun. Many of us have rekindled our love for the great outdoors so a membership for your local nature reserve could make a great present, or look up local classes or events in foraging and then enjoy making a meal together with your free finds.