How To Gift Ethically This Christmas

by: Well Made Clothes Staff | 2 weeks ago | Features

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Tis the season for buying lots of stuff we don’t really need. Which is why we're rounding up the best ways to gift ethically this Christmas. This comes down to not just what you gift, but also how you gift.

"Gift giving can be a beautiful thing and there is a lot more opportunity now to buy responsibly," explains Fashion Revolution's Melinda Tually. "Christmas shopping can be done in a positive way. [So] if you are going to gift-give this Christmas, do so consciously and responsibly."

Here's how:

Buy less
Instead of buying gifts for everyone this Christmas, gather your friends or family and decide to buy a better quality present for one person each. Ultimately, this will help you to buy less, but buy better this Christmas. 

Choose well
"This is the season for Kris Kringle gifts, which can end up being so incredibly wasteful," explains Tually. "So don’t give joke presents anymore. It’s not a joke when the planet is suffocating in waste. Give a meaningful Kris Kringle [instead]." Something practical and useful is great here, like a Duck Bag your BFF can use instead of plastic bags.

Give the gift of choice
"If you don’t know what to get someone, get them an experience or a gift voucher," Tually recommends. That way, people can choose a gift for themself that they will genuinely use. Luckily, our WMC Gift Vouchers have got your back.

Prioritise longevity
If you're looking to buy something special for your friends or family this Christmas, try to prioritise pieces they can hold onto for many years. Jewellery, for example, makes a sentimental gift that can be kept forever and passed on through the generations. 

Consider experiences
Sometimes the most ethical gift is no gift. Instead of buying stuff, you could always handmake personal gifts, or consider treating that special someone to an experience. This could be a delicious meal, concert tickets or a workshop like those offered by The Pottery Shed.

Wrap mindfully
The way you wrap your gifts is important too. "I heard that Australians use more than 150,000 kilometres of wrapping paper at Christmas and receive over 20 million unwanted gifts," Tually says. So, instead of buying wrapping paper for the festive season, get creative with textiles or old magazine pages instead.



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