How do you give a thoughtful gift instead of giving 'something'? Well, we all know that finding the perfect gift can be a tricky business not to mention stressful when we feel under pressure to deliver. We've probably all given gifts at some point which were bought in haste just so as not to turn up empty-handed to this or that event or celebration. That's just it though, when we turn up with these thoughtless last minute purchases, we may as well turn up empty-handed. More often than not, that gift will be put to the side and never used or popped in a bag ready for the next trip to the charity shop! What a disappointment for the recipient and a waste of time and money for the giver.
Is your gift eco-friendly?
Talking of waste, how do you give a thoughtful gift that is also eco-friendly - something that's not going to end up adding to the ever-increasing piles of toxic solid waste soiling our lovely planet?
With a little bit of careful planning, it's possible to give a thoughtful gift which not only shows your consideration of the recipient but also your care for the beautiful planet in which we live.
How to give a thoughtful gift instead of giving 'something'.
Gifts that relate to one of their hobbies
Have a good think about the person for whom the gift is intended. What hobbies do they have? Do they like crafting, sewing, knitting, DIY or gardening? Do they like to keep fit – if so how? Are there items you could contribute towards these things that the recipient wouldn't normally buy for herself? Does your Mum always admire other people's jewellery but never buy any for her?
Gifts that help them relax
How do they like to relax? If your Mum is a bookworm then a voucher from your local bookshop might be just the thing. Perhaps she loves to read a certain type of magazine – why not consider buying her a subscription so that it gets delivered to her door each month or even better, that she can download to her computer or tablet?
Gifts that help improve their skills
Is there something they have always wanted to learn? Would a computer course be handy to bring their knowledge up-to-date? Maybe they would like to improve their photography skills. A language course might be just the thing for adventurers or perhaps there's a certain type of craft they would love to learn.
By taking a few minutes to really think about the recipient of the gift you will surely be able to come up with the absolute perfect gift for them.
Here are some stylish, eco-friendly gift ideas that special lady in your life will love. Whether it's your Mum, wife, girlfriend or sister, there's bound to be something here which she'll love and treasure.
How to give a thoughtful gift instead of giving 'something'.
Eco-friendly Real dandelion and cork strap watch. The little orb charm has real dandelion seeds inside.
Natural Cork Bracelet with Turquoise
Just looking at this bracelet reminds me of Summer days with blue skies and turquoise seas. What's not to love about it?
Bags made from recycled materials
Upcycled Tweed Tote Bags
Recycled/Upcycled bags are all the rage and come in all shapes and sizes. Here are just a few of my Etsy favourites.
Grey tones tweed cross body bag
Natural canvas and leather tote bag
A place for jewellery to rest
Jewellery lovers can rest assured that their best bits and bobs are safely stored on one of these gorgeous handmade ceramic jewellery dishes. No more fishing them out of the plughole!
Natural Skincare - Treat her to one of these eco-friendly Gift Boxes
There's nothing better than natural skin care. If your gift recipient is careful about what goes on their skin then they will absolutely love this natural skincare gift pack from Treeforest Naturals.
Here's what's included in the set:
Coffee + Mint Body Scrub
Baobab Luxe Bar
Cucumber Rose Face + Body Mist
Argan Avocado Face + Body Oil
Hand + Body Balm
Honey Lip Balm
All packaged and ready to gift.
For silky soft skin
This beautiful set of natural cosmetics from Coco & Clay includes face oil and green clay mask. Choose between pink or green clay when you order.
- no preservatives
- free of parabens
- no fillers
- No brainer 😉
For the crazy plant lady
Too many plants and not enough room? These macrame plant hangers are the perfect solution for the plant crazy person in your life.
For Yogis and adventurers
Drink Bottle Yoga
How about a classy reusable water bottle? Ideal for the lover of sports and adventures alike!
Being a Yogi, I couldn't resist adding this to my girly gift list. Yoga, meditation and flowers, what more could a girl want 😉
Eco bamboo makeup brushes
Just look at these lovelies, who wouldn't want them in their make-up kit?
For readers & writers
For the bookworms out there, a place to rest a book or tablet so that it's at the perfect reading height. This shop has lots of gorgeous designs to choose from, I had to choose this one of course because I'm a seedhead fan!
Everyone needs a notebook they can fit in a handbag. I use mine to jot down ideas and thoughts that randomly enter my head when I'm not at my desk. I don't know what I'd do without my 'Squirrel catcher' now. I'm a would-be plant person (when I can keep them alive) so this design is perfect for me. There are loads of other's to choose from in this shop so there's something for every taste here. If you're in the USA this shop has some lovely alternatives.
Get Creative - make the packaging part of the gift
Instead of using packing paper which will only get thrown in the bin why not wrap up your gift in a beautiful tea towel instead? You're adding to the gift, giving something useful and reducing waste at the same time – perfect!
Have I inspired you to get creative with your gift giving this year? Just taking a few minutes to really think about the lucky recipient, will ensure they feel super indulged when you give your thoughtful gift. Not only will you show your love for her, but you'll be showing your love for our beautiful plant too - what could be better than that?
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