The global pandemic means there are far fewer in-person markets and craft fayres around this year. So we've selected a handful of online directories where you can find local and eco gifts, as well as food, drinks and activities to fill your basket:
Charity shops can also be a fabulous source of low cost gems. Secondhand doesn’t make it second best, you can pick up quality items with a lower impact on the planet.
You can also search for online charity shops.
Preloved - buy and sell used items.
Bookshop - supports local book shops. You can choose for the profit to go to your local shop or it goes into a shared pot.
It can be hard to think of original and eco-friendly gifts to buy for your nearest and dearest, so see if our suggestions below give you a helping hand:
- commission a local musician to write a personal song
- commission a local artist to paint/create a piece of art
- plant a tree/dedicate a tree
- donate to charity/sponsor/adopt an animal
- Woodland Trust/Herts Wildlife Trust membership
- reusable items e.g. water bottle
- a growler that can be refilled at local breweries
- locally grown produce/create a hamper
- books by local authors
- vouchers for local shops
- vouchers for eco shops
- vouchers for local restaurants
- battery recharger - for all those new toys/gadgets
- passes to local activities/attractions
- online subscriptions for magazines or books, e.g. audible/kindle
- foraging experience
- cooking/cocktail experiences
- bake something as a gift
- brew your own - beer/gin/wine making kit
- make a wreath or flower arrangement as a gift
- book an afternoon tea
- create an 'at home' spa day with eco friendly products
- sign up for a craft course - perhaps an online course
- look for unusual gifts like naming a star
- voucher for family tree websites like Ancestry.
Many of us find it hard to think of items to go on our gift list as we often have so much already and can buy what we need throughout the year. If you don’t need anything for yourself, it would be wonderful to see you ask friends and families for a donation to one of these local charities:
If you’re looking to add some environmentally themed content into your routine, we’ve pulled together a list of documentaries that tackle different aspects of sustainability.
From food waste to fast fashion and climate change, you can learn a bit about the issues impacting our planet and how you can help.
The views expressed in these documentaries do not necessarily represent our own, but highlight key environmental issues.
Climate change, pollution and conservation
- A Life on Our Planet
- A Plastic Planet
- Our Planet
- Chasing Ice
- Chasing Coral
- Before the Flood
- Years of Living Dangerously (Docu TV series)
- Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
- Racing Extinction
- Ice on Fire
- Climate Refugee
- An Inconvenient Sequel
- Rotten (Docu TV series)
For adults, head over to Sustainable Jungle for a lovely selection of books.
For children, we’ve listed our favourite eco-themed books below:
- Recycling and Rubbish, Stephanie Turnbull. Usborne
- Dinosaurs and all that rubbish, Michael Foreman. Puffin books
- I can save the Earth, Alison inches. Little Green Books
- The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle, Alison Inches. Little Green Books
- Michael Recycle, Ellie Bethel. IDW Publishing
- The Rubbish Monster Thing by Simon Chadwick. Ceratopia Books
- One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey, Henry Cole. Scholastic Press
- 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World, Melanie Walsh. Candlewick Press
- Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth, Oliver Jeffers. Penguin Young Readers
- George saves the world by lunchtime, Jo Readman. Eden Project Books
- The Tin Forest by Helen Ward. Dutton Books
- Iron Man by Ted Hughes. Faber & Faber
- What a waste by Jess French. DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
- Harry Saves the Ocean by Sylvia Fae. N.G.K.