Loved our low-impact gift ideas blog post? Well, we’re back — and we have three more ideas for easy peasy eco-friendly gifts for you!
1. Gourmet chai tea mix
Tea is perfect for all occasions, from a mid-afternoon perk-up at the office to a cozy Friday night at home with a book and a pet. Give your loved ones the gift of hygge (or coziness) this holiday season with a homemade chai tea kit. As with the bath bombs from our last post, check out small bulk stores, Bulk Barn, and your local tea stores for base tea blend ingredients. If you want to include a tea strainer with your kit, check out thrift stores in your area for second-hand options.
Buzzfeed has the art of chai-making mastered and there’s even a downloadable PDF you can include to tell the giftee how to make their tea. If you want to diversify your blends, other varieties could include lavender and mint green tea or rose and chamomile white tea. If you’re feeling extra nifty, you can use cheesecloth to tie your tea up into compostable tea bags.
2. Lentil curry blend
Need a gift for that person who never knows what to cook for dinner? Don’t worry – this lentil curry soup recipe is the perfect gift for them! We really like this idea for three reasons: 1. pre-made soup will save your loved ones precious cooking time, 2. the recipe suits gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan lifestyles, and 3. this recipe is healthy and nutritious. All friends and family have to do is add tomato, onion, and any other desired vegetables and simmer. Yum!
3. Delicious jam
Feel like jammin’ this Christmas? We don’t blame you. Canning is fun (do it with a friend!) and very productive — you can make enough jam to feed a small army in one session. If you’re in need of canning jars, check out your local thrift store or use old jam or pasta sauce jars if you already have them.
Our recipe suggestions? Try out this two-tone peach and blackberry jam recipe, this pina colada jam recipe, or this no-cook strawberry jam. Homemade yogurt is extremely easy to make and pairs wonderfully with jam if you’d like to give sets away.