I know it’s difficult to control gift packaging if you order online or if the person you are buying for wants one specific item that happens to be the most packaged thing in the world. However, if you are just browsing and find yourself deciding between two options, consider the quantity of packaging as a deciding factor.
I’m sure you are all aware of wrapping paper and how much waste it produces. Plastic coated bows and non-recyclable wrapping all have to go straight into the bin. As an alternative, consider recyclable paper options, like brown packing paper, used newspapers or sheet music. Decorate with cloth ribbons that can be reused, pressed flowers or a different coloured paper. Another alternative could be following the Japanese tradition of Furoshiki. This is the art of wrapping gifts in material, that can then be reused. A tote bag would be a good solution for this.
Advent calendars are a big part of Christmas; they kick off the festive season and get you officially into the Christmas spirit. However, there has been an increase in advent calendars containing unique/non-traditional goodies behind each door, such as cosmetics, toiletries, candles, etc. Whilst this is a fun lead up to Christmas, just think about how many of those 24 beauty products you’re actually going to use. If it’s all 24 then wonderful, but if it’s more like 10 or 12 then maybe you should reconsider your choice of advent calendar to avoid waste.