Christmas is just around the corner, and one of the highlights is giving gifts to the special people in our lives. We encourage our children at our Child Care Centres to make handmade gifts for their family members, parents and teachers because it stimulates their creativity and teaches them that gifting doesn’t have to be about expensive items. Most importantly, these thoughtful gifts carry so much more meaning.

Whilst we also love receiving wonderful gifts from the children in our care at this time of year, we are mindful to always uphold our sustainability values. So, this year, we have done some homework for you. Why not consider trying out some sustainable gift-giving ideas this Christmas.

Shop Local

Shopping locally is a great way to encourage, nurture and support local community businesses. The Northern Beaches is a community built on many and varied family businesses. Therefore, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect present for everyone on your gift list. Buying locally also means you have the opportunity to speak directly to the people who made each item to learn more about their business and their own sustainable practices. 

Here are some great markets near Warriewood where you can do all your gift shopping for 2022:

  • World Food Markets: On selected Fridays from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Collaroy Plateau, Freshwater, Manly Vale, Narraweena, Killarney Heights.
  • Berry Reserve Market: Along the Narrabeen Lakes every third Sunday of each month, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • The Organic Market: Held every Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Warriewood.
  • Manly Arts & Craft Market: Every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Support Sustainable Brands

When you buy from an eco-friendly company, they will likely use recyclable packaging and sustainable ingredients in their products. This way, you can ensure that your gift has the least possible impact on our environment. There are various sustainable brands in Australian shops and online, offering skincare products, candles, clothing, healthy treats and even children’s toys that are made with our earth in mind.

Some of the top-rated brands for sustainability:

  • Zara
  • Pull & Bear
  • Jockey
  • Massimo Dutti
  • Mighty Good Basics
  • Patagonia

Check out this site to see what brands are rating sustainability.

Put Your Creativity On

By making crafty homemade gifts, you can use up scrap pieces of paper, ribbon and other things lying around in your craft box. This is a great way to reduce waste and repurpose items for a meaningful cause. You will not only save on money but save on the energy that would have gone into producing more of these items. Couple it with a trip to your local library for fun books on craft ideas or home-baking ideas for thoughtful gifts from the heart.

Experiences Over Material Gifts

We love this idea! So much focus is placed on physical gifts, but time spent together and experiences with family are priceless. Why not swap the expensive piece of jewellery for a kayaking experience, nature walk or even a lunch out? Each of these gift ideas can be made up into little homemade gift vouchers. By choosing an experience over a physical gift, you will gain quality time with those you love and more valuable time to create memories.

The Owl and the Pussycat is a sustainable childcare centre in Warriewood and Collaroy Plateau. We share our love for the environment and a sense of mindfulness with our children through fun learning and practical activities. Contact us to book a tour and learn more about our childcare centres.