Five ways to practise conscious gifting
From thrift shopping to making a donation, these are some eco-friendly gifts that are perfect for your friends.
If you don’t already know what conscious gifting is, it is an act of giving ethical and sustainably made presents to another person.
For beginners, it may take a lot of effort to find gifts with a low-environmental impact. But not to worry, we’re here to help.
From plant shopping to digital gift cards, here are five ideas that may help you find the perfect gift for your eco-conscious friend!
1. Cook a meal
Cooking a meal is a creative gift idea that is just as valued as a store-bought gift. After all, a homemade meal requires a lot of preparation and energy in the kitchen.
The gift of a homemade meal is personal and shows your loved ones how much you care for them. It is also easy on the environment as you can use your spare vegetables or similar food scraps without wasting them.
If you are not an expert chef, try making these simple and easy TikTok recipes here.
2. Purchase a succulent
Is your friend plant-obsessed? Purchase a succulent to add to their collection!
Unlike flowers that wither quickly, succulents are known to be sustainable as their lifespans tend to be longer.
Even if your friend has a busy schedule, succulents do not need extra care except to be watered every few days. They can also help your friend feel less stressed and happier.
Succulents will make a great gift to show your love and add more positive energy to your friend’s life.
3. Buy second-hand gifts
Despite shopping second-hand for our loved ones, we can still find some preloved items that are in good condition to gift.
Thrifting gifts is also a unique experience as you can potentially find one-of-a-kind items.
Secondhand gifting has the added benefit of reducing waste. Last year, the National Environment Agency reported that 5.88 million tonnes of solid waste was generated, of which 3.04 million was recycled.
If your loved one is an avid reader, you can buy books from secondhand book shops at Far East Plaza. There is a vast range of popular fiction and non-fiction books that fill up the shelves.
You can also try thrifting clothes from local thrift shops, where you can find something that is fitting for any occasion.
4. Send a digital gift card
If you are shopping for gifts at the last minute, buy a digital gift card to avoid the unnecessary headache.
For coffee addicts, the Starbucks eGift card offers benefits such as a free birthday drink. As they earn more points after each purchase, your friends can claim more freebies.
If your friend is a shopaholic, local online store Bare is a sustainable fashion brand that offers minimal yet stylish clothes. They offer camisoles and sleeved tops that are sustainably made.
You can spoil your friend with Bare’s digital gift card from their website here.
The best part? This gift is a waste-free option that does not require any packaging.
5. Donate to a social cause
If your friend already owns everything that they need, you can donate money to an organisation that your friend cares about.
Consider making a donation in your friend’s name to a non-profit. Some of these organisations include Changi Foundation, Blooms of hope and Lions Befrienders Service Association.
This gift is a special one as you are making a difference in someone else’s life! After all, conscious gifting is also an act of caring and showing your love.
Although buying an eco-friendly gift for your loved ones may require extra work, rest assured that they will love and appreciate your effort.
Happy gift shopping!