#1 BUT, KIDS!
We get it, some of our littler friends have their hearts set on (usually plastic) toys, and oh do we hate to disappoint. A motto we live by when Christmas shopping for kids is to buy them something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read. So, with that in mind, pick a toy (or two) from the top of their list, and let that be enough!
#2 BUY LOCAL
Buying local is one of the best ways to reduce your environmental impact, given that supply chains account for an estimated 60% of all global carbon emissions. In Noosa, choose from an array of incredible local businesses that create sustainably, from potters and upcyclers, to craftspeople and gourmet chefs, so you don’t need to look further than your local community area or markets to find eco-gifts.
For beautiful hand-selected hampers filled with Noosa goodies, you can’t beat the selection from Noosa Gift Co, with offerings like The Peregian and Little Cove Mini.
Native plants and eco-conscious wares created by local talented artisans can also be found at the Noosa & District Landcare's Hinter-Hub in Pomona.
Or leave the details to the experts and get your shopping done in a day when you jump on the Boutique Homewares Shopping Tour with Noosa Transfers and Tours – they will tailor the tour to your wishes or take you to a selection of the best designer homewares and local gift retailers on this half-day tour of Noosa.
#3 LOW-WASTE GIFTING
One of the easiest Christmas swaps we can make is wrapping paper – remember, just one kilogram of reduced waste per person leads to monumental savings across the population. Ever heard of Furoshiki? It’s the Japanese art of fabric wrapping, and we love it! You can purchase reusable, purpose-made, printed Furoshiki fabrics, or better yet, dig through your linen cupboard and repurpose tablecloths, old sheets, and even printed towels in place of wrapping paper. You can also wrap them in old newspaper, kids’ artwork, and magazines, and finish them off with some natural twine and native natural items found in your backyard. For unique, colourful wrapping, drop in to see our friends at IN Noosa Magazine and pick up a ream of printing proof paper to use for wrapping - you can then recycle it when you’re done!