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2024: The Gift Giving Wrap Up for Easy, Thoughtful & Affordable Zero Waste Gifts

A Comprehensive Guide to Eco-Friendly Christmas Shopping in 2024

Welcome to your updated guide for planning a low-waste holiday season in 2024! Several of these practical tips and eco-friendly ideas were shared from our own teammates. This guide in intended to help you navigate Christmas shopping with a focus on sustainability while NOT adding any more stress to your shopping or budget.

Bookmark this article for quick reference throughout the season. Many of these low waste gift giving ideas are usable throughout the year for a variety of celebrations.

Planning Your Eco-Friendly Christmas

1. Get Organized Early
– Open a note on your phone or grab a piece of paper to jot down your ideas.
– Start by listing everyone you want to gift, knowing you can add more names later.

2. Embrace Sustainable Shopping
– Consider shopping second-hand or from bulk stores to reduce waste and save money.
– Explore online second-hand options for unique and affordable finds.

Zero Waste Gift Giving

1. Thoughtful Gift Selection
– Choose gifts based on what the recipient will genuinely use and appreciate.
– Explore zero waste options such as Tangie, zero waste laundry bars, shampoo bars, and conditioner bars.
– Your friends with four-legged kids appreciate when their fur babies are included. Consider adding a pet shampoo bar to your gift baskets.

2. Make or Buy Eco-Friendly
– Opt for homemade gifts like food, artwork, or knitwear for a personal touch.
– Explore zero waste products from eco-friendly companies if crafting isn’t your forte.

3. Sustainable Wrapping
– Reuse gift bags and boxes to minimize waste.
– Avoid traditional wrapping paper with glitter, foil, or lamination.

4. Creative Wrapping Ideas
– Use kraft paper or upcycled paper grocery bags for wrapping and have fun coloring on them for added sparkle!
– Try the Furoshiki gift wrapping technique using cloth.
– Explore alternatives like comic sections, fabric scraps, old maps, and upcycled T-shirts.

zero waste cloth gift wrapped presents

cloth gift wrapped presents

5. Skip the Wrapping
– Consider ‘naked’ gifts – no wrapping paper, ribbon, or cards.

Strategic Zero Waste Shopping

1. Mindful Purchases
– Create an organized shopping list to prevent last-minute unplanned purchases.
– Choose eco-friendly gifts that avoid single-use plastic and Styrofoam.

2. Bring Your Own Bags
– Use reusable bags when shopping to reduce plastic pollution.

3. Prioritize Sustainability
– Opt for eco-friendly gifts made sustainably, avoiding fast fashion trends.

4. Local or Online Shopping
– Support local businesses for a low carbon footprint.
– If shopping online, do it mindfully to minimize environmental impact.

Top 10 Zero Waste Gift Ideas

– Gift wooden toys, second-hand items, books, or card games for kids.
– Consider a zero-waste coffee kit for coffee lovers.
– Introduce friends to a low waste lifestyle with a zero-waste starter kit.
– Tickets to shows, memberships, or digital subscriptions make great clutter-free gifts.
– Plan quality time together, or give certificates for a special experience.
– Donate to charities in your recipient’s name for a meaningful gesture.
Self-care products like scented candles, bath bombs and handmade soap bars are thoughtful and zero waste.
– Zero waste oral care items, like bamboo toothbrushes, make practical gifts.
– Plants and terrariums offer sustainable and decorative gift options.

Creating Sustainable Traditions

1. Start New Traditions Early
– Schedule quality time for new traditions, like board-game nights or volunteering.
– Engage in outdoor activities or volunteer work for a rewarding experience.

2. Top 5 Tips for Starting New Traditions
– Embrace change for a more meaningful event.
– Involve every family member in the planning process.
– Seek inspiration from friends or outside experts.
– Prioritize homemade goods or service-focused activities for gifts.
– Document the events to create lasting memories.

Real or Artificial Christmas Tree?

– If you already own an artificial tree, continue using it to reduce waste.
– Real trees that can be replanted are the most eco-friendly option.
– Consider renting a living tree if planting is not feasible.


Embrace the joy of an eco-friendly Christmas by planning ahead, choosing sustainable gifts, and starting meaningful traditions. Let this guide inspire your 2024 holiday season, making it the best zero waste celebration yet!

Cheers from the entire Tangie team!


Angie Ringler

A lifelong learner with an entrepreneurial spirit inside long before I knew the word entrepreneurial. I care about what goes around me almost to a detriment. Very empathetic and sometimes find it hard to take in and remove the sadness that I feel around me. I'm a big believer in gratitude and love and respect

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