As we get nearer to the mad end of year rush, the inevitable stress of shopping for Christmas gifts begins. Here are a few alternative ways to beat Christmas madness and it’s a green.

Stores are a riot of Christmas decorations, music, tinsel and mass-produced toys, and for those of us who are busy and tired, it can be all too easy to give into the silly season and buy the first things that we happen to see on our weekly shopping trip.

The good news for busy shoppers however is that it is much easier than you think to find green Christmas gift ideas that are good for the environment, good for your health and well being and simply good in general. Here are some easy ways to green (and simplify) your Christmas this year:

Head To The Internet

If you haven’t tried online shopping before, then you are in for a treat. Shopping online is one of the easiest ways to beat the frantic last minute gift shopping in crowded, chaotic shopping centres, allowing you to get everything done quickly and simply. In today’s technologically advanced world, online shopping has never been easier, with ordering systems that are as easy as a mouse click or too, and secure websites that make it safe to order your gifts online. Plus, with great health and organic stores available online, you can be sure that you are getting gift ideas that are eco-friendly and organic, making it possible to have a clear conscience this Christmas with gifts that are as good for your loved ones as they are for the environment.

Do something different

Looking for a memorable gift for someone special that goes beyond the usual ideas? Why not consider a gift experience this year – booking an experience is quick and easy once you have an idea of what experience to choose. A romantic picnic out in the country from Dial a Picnic or a fun hiking eco-adventure might be perfect for the man in your life, while a spa day would be perfect for a sister or best friend. You could even sponsor a permaculture garden in a rural school on behalf of a loved one for a gift that keeps on giving. With so many options on offer, and so many of them environmentally friendly, you will be giving a gift that will be remembered for months to come, making this one of the most rewarding gift ideas.

Opt for Fun Green Gift Packs

Let’s face it – when you don’t have time to spend on choosing what Christmas gifts to get for various friends, family and co-workers, it can be all too tempting to simply pick something off the shelf and hope for the best. This year, take the guesswork out of Christmas shopping and opt for a gift pack that is gender and age appropriate, within your budget and good for the planet. Green gift packs make it easy to find the perfect gift for him, her, the little ones as well as the tricky teenagers and even cater to the often tiresome stocking fillers that we often end up filling with sweets and other less-than-wholesome items. Plus you can also ensure that your gift pack is beautifully wrapped with green wrapping that looks good and uses natural materials such as recycled paper.

The best part about these gift ideas
is that each of them can be done without leaving your computer. This makes it possible to get your Christmas shopping done during a lunch break or that long-awaited ‘me time’ when you’re finally able to sit back and relax a bit. Make this Christmas a green and rewarding one with quick and easy green tips that ensure that this is the greenest and most responsible Christmas yet.


Aloha! I'm Carien. I live in South Africa in an area called the Swartland (Black Land). I live on a small holding (Homestead) and I am a full time house wife with one husband (yes, only one), one son, one dog, a few sheep and plenty of chickens. Living as natural as possible is a passion of mine. Inclined to a mostly organic vegetarian diet I tend to post healthy food recipes, green tips and information on natural and organic and natural living.

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