Zero-waste gift ideas

Christmas all wrapped up!

Keep on giving this Christmas with a personalised touch. These ideas may help you find the perfect gift they definitely won't want to waste!

  • Give the gift of memories by finding a gift experience they are sure to remember. From year-round memberships, to a spa day or weekend trip the possibilities are endless. Or you could make your own vouchers! Check out these local experience ideas across Hampshire.

  • Know anybody green-fingered amongst your family and friends? Reuse old plant pots by adding a bit of festive decoration and planting them with bulbs like snowdrops or daffodils. It will be a great surprise once they've flowered and they can be enjoyed for years to come. 

  • This one's for the foodies out there. Reuse an old jar and fill it with their favourite treats from a brownie mix to a sourdough kit. You could even try a more traditional home-made jam or chutney. 

  • Gift reusables! If you still know someone who doesn't own a reusable coffee cup or water bottle this could be a great way to spread the message and give them something that is useful at the same time.

  • Why not challenge your family or friends to buy second-hand gifts and then hit the charity shops? Our Reuse Directory will help you find a shop near you.
  • Buy a digital gift - from film membership passes, to e-books and more there is something to suit everyone. 

  • If you’re feeling creative, our Reuse and Repair toolkit has lots of ideas for upcycling projects, like making homemade bags.

  • Don't forget about re-gifting! This is a great way to find something you don't use a new home.

  • A careful unwrapper or fast tear-upper? Most Christmas wrapping paper contains a plastic film, glitter and sellotape which makes it difficult to recycle (and so should be placed in the non-recycling bin). But if unwrapped neatly it can often be reused time and time again. Want to avoid wrapping paper altogether? Try reusing old newspaper, jars or tote bags. 

  • Gift tags always make a nice personal touch. Be thrifty and creative by cutting up last years Christmas cards to make your own tags, and avoid buying expensive new ones.

  • Send e-cards rather than paper cards. Always ideal for personalising and some may even be free!


Elsie showing Rubbish Monster Thing an e-card


Elsie showing the Rubbish Monster Thing how to use reusable gift wrap