Earth friendly gift ideas for Christmas.

Over the years I’ve made more and more changes to how and what I buy.

This year I’m doing mostly home-made gifts for Christmas, otherwise my gifts are environmentally friendly that serve a purpose, and will cut down on using any plastic etc.

There are SO many options available to us now, we really should all be getting on board!

So I thought I’d do a post on some options for Christmas gifts both home-made and bought, to give you some ideas.

Gifts you can make

Soy wax candles – Buy the soy wax from www.nazcandlesupplies.co.nz and candle wick from a Spotlight store, a pretty glass or crockery vessel from a second hand shop and a saucepan from a second hand shop (because wax is hard to get off so you probably don’t want to wreck a pot you’ve already got). Melt the soy wax and add your own scent using essential oils, pour into glassware of your choice, leave it to set and your good to go.

Here is the full recipe for making a soy wax candle :


Soap –  Make your own soap. Buy the ready to pour soap making kit from www.gonative.co.nz and the mould too if you need it. Add you own scents, colours, or other extras.

Lemon Honey curd – Collect your old jars once used – sterilise them and use this recipe to make a delicious lemon honey. Wrap it in a bow or decorate how you like.

Recipe :

½ cup sugar

½ cup honey

3 size 7 eggs

rind and juice of 2 large lemons, preferably Lisbon rather than Meyer

125g butter, cut into cubes

Place the sugar, egg, lemon rind and juice in the top of a double boiler (or a heat-proof bowl which will sit over a saucepan of boiling water) and mix well to combine.

Add the butter, cubed.

Place the bowl or double boiler pan over a saucepan of simmering water and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens. (This only takes a few minutes).

Pour into sterilized jars, cover and keep in the fridge.

This recipe makes two medium-sized jam jars of lemon honey.

Reusable wrapping paper –  Make your own using cream or white cotton fabric, stamps from Trade aid – or just draw a design yourself if you have artistic ability! – and fabric paint ($9.50 from Spotlight). A fun little project to get the kids involved with too!

Gifts you can buy

Reusable coffee cup – My favourite is glass because it keeps the beverages hotter for longer and personally I think it gives a better taste. I’ve had mine for well over a year and it hasn’t broken or even been dropped thanks to the hand grip on it.

Beeswax wraps (these are reusable) to wrap sandwhiches, snacks, leftovers, cheese, anything else that requires wrapping

Ethique shampoo, conditioner or bodywash bars –  No more bottles to recycle. This is important because although we can “recycle” this process actually  takes a long time and requires a lot of resources in the process to make this happen! If we all bought shampoo bars where this is zero waste leftover it would make such a HUGE impact on our environment! Ethique do a really nice sample pack for $20 which is available through Farmers (among other places)               

All available from www.Ohnatural.co.nz

You can use my code WELL+NOURISHED10  and receive 10% off your order.

There are loads of lovely eco friendly gifts on the Oh Natural website, so have a good look around for an even wider options than I’ve listed here.

Happy Christmas shopping and making everyone!

Kate x

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