We're all getting more and more mindful as each year passes about the crap that gets given at Christmas time. Masses of cheap and nasty wrapping paper that can't be recycled; garish plastic toys that break on the first or second play and end up in landfill within the month; the poisonous chemical-filled perfume that was on clearance for $15 at the chemist, and will end up getting chucked in the bin.
But it doesn't have to be that way - and buying cheap and cheerful Secret Santa, Kris Kringle or teacher gifts doesn't have to mean buying stuff that no one actually wants.
So, I've put together a little guide to share ethical, eco friendly gifts that your friends and family will actually enjoy; plus, they're all under $30.
I hope this helps you shop more mindfully this Christmas.
Love, Lest x
Secret Santa gifts for tea lovers
Who doesn't love a good cup of tea? We stock the amazing Love Tea; ethically sourced, all organic, and plastic-free. You can choose from tea bags or loose leaf; and if budget permits, you can add a set of organic cotton Tea Swags, pictured above, or a Tea Infuser.
Kris Kringle gifts for the keen gardener
The Swags are revolutionary! These triple-layered organic cotton bags keep veggies fresh in your fridge for 3-4 times longer, and they seriously work. We've banished limp celery for good!
Best of all, there are a bunch of sizes available and they start from $19.95.
We cannot tell you how fabulous the new HuskeeCups are: and we reckon they will make the gift under $20 of the season. Made from coffee husks, a by-product from coffee making, they save hundreds of tonnes of the stuff from landfill.
TIP: get these for your kids' teachers!
There are three sizes to choose from and they're all under $20. You're welcome.
Gifts for Eco Warriors
These little cuties are what we will be gifting our aunts this Christmas: nifty little Food Huggers from Seed & Sprout, which are life preservers for the half eaten, or half used fruits and veggies in your household.
These cute and effective little huggersembrace fruit and veggies of all shapes and sizes, with no plastic involved. Its plastic-free silicone seal helps to keep your leftover produce fresher for longer than cling wrap, plus you can use these forever. Half eaten doesn't mean forgotten any longer!
Hide your disappointment that it's not YOU going on a 3-week European sojourn over the summer, and give your travelling mate something that shows you love then AND you listen to their tales of wanderlust: a travel-friendly essential or two. They might even bring back a little souvenir for you.
Perfect for the busy Mum, Project Ten bags are available in a range of prints and sizes. They're endlessly useful - for the shopping, the kids' swimming bag, nappy bags, beach bags, overnighters and so much more. Best of all, they're made from recycled plastic bottles - saving them from landfill, and the entire range is under $30 (with the mini zip bags at just $9.95).
A little something for a teenage girl
How hard is it to buy something small for teenagers? We've got you covered with the on-trend RibbonTies; hair tie bracelets in fun patterns and colours. These are also perfect for putting in the post, as they will fit in a standard envelope.