Monday, 19 December 2016

7 Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is almost here! But if you still haven't bought your presents, don't worry - instead on spending money on things that no-one needs, why not try out these quick, ethical and eco-friendly gift ideas that won't break the bank.

What to buy for....

...the Minimalist: Purifying Plant
Not only do plants add a bright pop of colour to any monochrome, scandinavian-inspired interior, they also help improve your indoor environment by removing formaldehyde, ammonia and other nasties from the air. If you're looking for low-maintenance options, try a spider plant or aloe vera.

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...the Organiser: De-Stressing Massage
There's always one person running around after everyone else at Christmas, so why not give them the gift of time to themselves during a relaxing, de-stressing massage? As well as the psychological benefits, massages also help release toxins from the muscles, encouraging a happy and healthy start into the New Year. 

...the Beauty-Obsessed One: Homemade Sugar Scrub
This super quick and easy DIY requires only a handful of ingredients and can be adapted to suit all tastes. Check out this list for inspiration, which includes lemon honey, gingerbread, coffee and chocolate versions - simply pop into a clean jar, add a ribbon and you're good to go!

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...the Animal Fan: Adopt an Endangered Species
Adopting an elephant, polar bear or other animal helps protect and support endangered communities and introduces kids to the idea of doing good in the world. It's also a gift that lasts much longer than Christmas, as many charities send regular updates and photos so you can see how your chosen animal is getting on.

...the Culture Vulture: Independent Cinema Tickets
Independent cinemas are popping up in towns and cities everywhere and are great way of both supporting your local community and experiencing films, plays and other cultural events you wouldn't normally get to see in a mainstream cinema. If you're feeling flashy, you can also make it a monthly subscription. 

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...the Good Egg: Donate to Charity
For the person who already has everything they need and enjoys nothing more than helping others, why not make a donation to a charity in their name? Whether it's giving homeless people a warm bed for the night, supporting refugees or other projects in your local community, Christmas is the perfect time to 

...the Difficult One: Gift Cards
If you really can't think of an appropriate gift, why not let the person decide? Support ethical and sustainable businesses by buying gift cards that can be redeemed later, such as these from slow fashion favourites People Tree and Armedangels, or make your own vouchers for fun activities and special moments.

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