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Published November 18th 2019
Christmas Gifts that save money, the planet & are beautiful
Christmas is magical and it's this time of the year again when most start thinking about what presents to buy.

So when thinking about Christmas and gifts why not take a different slightly different approach this year. I was inspired with this idea from a book that I started reading by Rhonda Hetzel called Down to Earth.

So, find pleasure and meaing by living a more simple and sustainable life. Not only can we all save some money but also help our planet. Every little step helps.

So here are some great Christmas gift ideas for all those living in the Wollongong/Sydney area:
Snorkel or Dive at Bushrangers Bay, Bass Point, Wollongong, Shellharbour, What to do in Wollongong, NSW, Australia
Snorkel with Sharks at Bushrangers Bay

1.) Let's Experience things together instead of buying 'Stuff'! Spending time together with family and friends is one of the best gifts to give this Christmas. All of us are busy but take out some time and create memories that will last a lifetime!
Plan an excursion - make a card and tell your friend what you will be doing with them, for example, "Let's go for a beautiful bushwalk and a picnic! I will bring a picnic for us to enjoy!" or "Let's go to the beach, play a game of Viking Kubb and I will bring a picnic!"
Outdoor activities, such as Kayaking, Fishing, Snorkeling, Surfing or SUP lessons
Book Tickets for shows at Wollongong Comedy, Merrigong Theatre, WIN Entertainment Centre, Anitas Theatre and many more...
Book a workshop that will increase your interest with The Rumpus, Green Connect or find out What's On in Wollongong and surrounds

Warren Keelan, Turtle, Save the ocean, planet, Take3 for the Sea, Non-for-profit, help someone in need
Photo Credit @Warren Keelan - Take3

2.) Or why not look for a great way to support our planet and gift a donation? There are some great options for Donations such as:

Donating goods to someone in need! How can you do that?
Create your own reverse advent calendar by taking a box and adding one item a day from home that you would like to give to someone in need. At the end of the month gift this box to a person or charity in your area.
Buy a goat from Oxfam
Buy a chicken for the Green Connect Farm
Donate food to a local community centre or a food shelter - Food Bank, Need a Feed, OZ Harvest (comes to the Illawarra twice per week) or other local organisations

Donate money on someone's behalf to organisations such as:
Green Connect - support the efforts to grow fair food and reduce waste
SCARF Refugee support - help refugees in the Illawarra establish a sense of belonging
World Vision - help vulnerable children
Oxfam - help fight poverty
Promote animal welfare RSPCA or WARN (Wollongong Animal Rescue Network)
Take 3 for the Sea - protect wildlife and the planet from plastic pollution - you can donate and get active every time you leave the house
The Ocean Clean Up - The largest Ocean Clean Up through technology that collects rubbish from the ocean and rivers!
Surfrider Foundation Australia - support the protection of Australia's ocean and beaches

3.) Buy less this Christmas! Why not agree to a limit that you and your family will spend, or when buying think of what do you need, want, can wear or can read!

4.) Buy second-hand or home-made Christmas Gifts. This really supports creating less waste! You'd be amazed at what you find in op shops! Furniture, clothes, jewellery, handbags, nick-nacks… you'll find something for everyone while doing your part for the planet and saving money too! Win-Win for everyone!
Home-made Gift Ideas - great ideas, simple and very personal! These can include baking a yummy bread, make your own Jam from seasonal fruits. If you feel like it, give making cheese a go. Or even create your own advent calendars or gift a nice photo
Op-Shops in your local area

Green Connect Farm, Permaculture, Reduce Wast, Reduce Landfill, fair food, Sustainability, Inclusion, not-for profit, Social Enterprise, Farm, permaculture
Green Connect Farm & Op-Shop worth checking out!

5.) Buy sustainable! Think about alternatives to plastic (zero waste), toxin-free products while still finding products that are stylish, practical and safe! Here are some examples:
Stainless Steel Pegs (every household needs them, but they don't need to be out of plastic!) from Activated Eco or Shop Naturally
Lunch Boxes and other items for work or school by Bright Star Kids & Naturally Sustainable
Body & Beauty, Home Decor and other items - Biome offers a selection of items
Check out local businesses that offer great sustainable gifts like Flame Tree or Taylors Grocers in Thirroul & Wollongong or the Upcycle Studio in Bowral

These are only a few ideas to inspire you to rethink gifting! I couldn't mention all of the great ideas, so please don't feel offended if I didn't mention you and your business.
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Definitely food for thought.
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