Christmas Gift Guide with a Reuse Twist

Gift-giving at Christmas is a wonderful opportunity to show your loved ones how much you appreciate them. This year, give your favourite people gifts that don’t cost the earth, in more ways than one.

Tatyana Marfenko

20 December 2017 - 4 minute read

It can be hard not to get caught up in the consumerism of Christmas. Shops are overflowing with brightly packaged new gizmos, kids are clamouring for the latest gadgets. But often, the very best presents are those that are crafted with a little care. It doesn’t take much effort – certainly no more than jostling the Christmas crowds at the big shopping centres – and the result is guaranteed to put a smile on your gift recipient’s dial.

Here’s our pick of gorgeous gifts you can easily craft for your loved ones this year.

Herbs in a pot

Fresh herbs are a culinary king or queen’s best friend. If you know someone that loves spending a lazy arvo cooking up a storm, then they will truly appreciate a gift of fresh basil or mint in a cute pot. You could source the pot from a local op shop – it’s guaranteed to look gorgeous once it’s overflowing with fresh herbs. And then, once safely ensconced on your loved one’s windowsill, they’ll think of you every time they snip off another sweet-smelling bunch.

A macramé hanging basket

Continuing with the green theme, an overflowing pot of String of Pearls in a homemade macramé hanging basket is guaranteed to please anyone who is house-proud. DIY macramé is much easier than it looks – find a video on YouTube, stock up on some strong string or curtain cord, and start knotting. You’ll have a hanging basket finished before you can say, ‘Santa Claus’.

Fiery sauces

For the people in your life who love a good barbecue, try your hand at a big batch of homemade tomato sauce, chilli sauce or chutney. Pop a personalised label on a sterilised bottle and you’re done. It is really worth the effort – your delicious sauce will sit in their fridge for weeks or months after Christmas (depending on how often they have a barbie!), reminding them of you.

Events and experiences

If you’ve got your heart set on giving someone something a little less homemade, but still want to avoid gifts that may sit gathering dust on a shelf, then you could consider giving a ticket to an upcoming concert. Or book an experience you think they’ll love. A pamper at a day spa for your sister, or perhaps a close encounter with the animals at the zoo for your children.

DIY vouchers

Why not make up vouchers for those that you know could do with a helping hand? It might be for babysitting, lawn mowing, or even a coffee-and-cake date. Think of what the gift recipient would really appreciate as a favour from you, or something that they would love to do with you. For many people, the gift of time together is one of the most precious of all.

We hope some of these ideas have sparked ideas of your own this year. And we wish you a very safe and happy festive season.