SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR THE ECO-CONSCIOUS CONSUMER
The global events of this year and our ever-increasing demands on the planet have made most of us think alternatively and adopt a more sustainable approach to our lifestyles. With this in mind and the festive season of good-will approaching, I have curated a list of sustainable Christmas gifts that will give you delight in indulging your nearest and dearest consciously with the environment in mind.
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Introductory Mini Ecosystems Workshop
The perfect relaxing experience creating a mini ecosystem to tranquil music with a glass or two of bubbly in hand whilst being educated on the history of terrariums in an informative setting before creating your own self-sustaining living garden in a glass jar. A perfect sustainable Christmas keepsake of your experience or to impress your friends and family as a handmade gift!
Luxury Overnight Retreat Stay
Feel thoroughly spoilt with a hand-picked luxury hotel in the glorious British countryside with the opportunity to explore a nearby city and experience it’s culture and history. You can choose to do as little or as much as you’d like in these cosy retreats, with 25 locations to choose from the hardest job will be where to decide upon on! Oh and you’ll have the guarantee that there’ll be a delicious three course dinner with fizz and a breakfast in the morning too!
Sustainable Off-Shore Windfarm Tour
Renewable energy is very much a hot subject of our time with this tour enabling you to get up close and personal to a windfarm from Brighton Marina to the Rampion offshore Windfarm. Learn how a clean and abundant energy source is harnessed to produce electricity. You will see the 116 turbines via a boat, which will carry you under the turbines and you will learn of the subsea work going on out of sight. Oh and enjoy a day out in Brighton and explore the Brighton sea front afterwards!
The Bear Grylls Adventure iFLY Experience
If like me you’re an adrenalin pumping fiend! This one’s for you my friends. Bear Gryll’s the ultimate hero thrill seeker, has put his name to iFLY indoor skydiving experience. Experience the Freefall in an indoor wind tunnel and be guided by an expert instructor. You will experience the sensation of free falling 12,000ft equating to three skydives. Oh and no need for those uncomfortable harness burns when you do this with a parachute! You’ll even get snaps of your experience!
The Eden Project
Explore this once disused clay mine, now turned into a unique rich, global garden. It contains the world’s largest rainforest in captivity, steamy jungles, waterfalls and an actual lookout just like the canopy’s in an actual rainforest. It’s an all year-round destination, which delivers on many educational levels for environmentalists, as well as holding a culture vultures attention in terms of sculptures and artworks. The ultimate role model for sustainable practice.
Seven Course Vegan Michelin Star Meal
In a historic Grade II listed building is situated Michelin Star Galvin La Chapelle where you can treat someone to a very special seven course meal. If you know someone playing with the idea of going plant-based or are vegan already then this is the perfect indulgent luxurious gift. A fine glass of Brut is included in this celebratory meal too!
Online Plant-Based Sustainable Cookery Course
Maybe you know someone who has an interest in cooking more plant-based options but need some inspiration? Well then forget the classic methods of food preparation and embrace the revolutionary style of cooking with flavour, ingredients, new techniques in this cookery class, which you don’t even need to leave your home for. Vegan dinner guests will be left speechless when served a restaurant quality three-course menu taught in this course!
Bickleigh Castle & Grounds Tour with Afternoon Tea
Castle and stately home fans can get their historical fix with a guided tour of Bickleigh Castle, situated in Tiverton, Devon. The tour includes the castle, it’s grounds and the gardens and dates back to the Norman period with 17th century portraits and artefacts to admire. The Guide will be able to provide a fantastic narrative of the castle and bring it to life with their knowledge and stories. Oh, and at the end enjoy a delicious cream tea, well you are in Devon after all! The perfect gift for a history enthusiast and slow wanderer.
Cheese Making & Wine Tasting At An English Vineyard
Well wine and cheese go hand in hand therefore this gift can satisfy both whims in one go! Denbies in Dorking, Surrey is England’s largest single estate vineyard. Norbury farm will be the location for the cheese making, where there’s yes opportunity to partake in all aspects of the process from cutting the curds and why to loading moulds. Following the session enjoy a three-course lunch by Denbies after, which it’s time to partake in the wine tasting. Learn about the working of the vineyard and winery including the blending of grape varieties. An exceptional day trip for cheese and Vineyard lovers!
Sustainable Vegan Gift Hamper
Christmas is the perfect time for nibbles and don’t let your plant-based friends and family miss out on munching on treats too. This paper weave red tray contains all kinds of nuts, pretzels, chocolate and biscuits to mention a few.
Name A Rose Kit
Gift a Name a Rose Kit, to remember a special occasion or loved one and watch these pretty flowers grow and nourish! This kit also comes with a certificate of registry, instructions and a card with some history about this sentimental tradition. Create a beautiful bush that can be enjoyed and remembered for years to come.
Handmade Beauty Products Crafting Class at Midas Touch Crafts
Anyone who loves crafting and organic beauty will love this two hour workshop, which inspires natural beauty products such as how to create lip balms, body scrubs, moisturisers, hair spray and even leave in conditioner. All made from essential oils, fragrances and recycled ingredients. There is even a Q & A session at the end of the session!
Online Group Yoga Session
If you know someone who always wanted to try yoga but need a taster to be convinced? Well this online session is designed to help with improving sleep and relaxation. A session to experience calm to boost health and well-being, positivity and clarity in a busty daily life.