Tips for a unique and eco-friendly holiday season

Hi there,

I woke up this morning to a light dusting of snow in our yard, which reminds me that I need to get going on my Christmas shopping! While I'm not a big fan of the super-commercial side of the holidays, I do really enjoy finding thoughtful gifts for my nearest and dearest. I often look for vintage and secondhand items, since these tend to be more interesting, as well as eco-friendly.

We've raided the shop and put together some cool vintage and secondhand gift ideas for you - with the help of our new digital marketing manager Fabienne from Tahiti, we've made an online advent calendar. Every day from Dec 4th - 15th, we'll post a new item to inspire you, so head on over and take a look.

We are also offering free Christmas gift wrapping in the shop, which is another chance to make your holidays more environmentally friendly - wrap your gifts in sustainably certified paper (look for the FSC or PEFC logo), or brown recycled Kraft paper.

*hot tip*  Planning a big Christmas party and not sure what to do about gifts? Ask everyone to bring a wrapped, secondhand gift. It can either be something they already have, or something they have bought at a secondhand shop, as long as it is in good condition. Handmade items like cookies also work. Just make sure that if you are re-gifting, the person that gave it to you won't be there!

  1. All wrapped gifts are placed in the middle
  2. Each person draws a number from a hat.
  3. The person with number '1' picks a gift from the pile and opens it.
  4. The following players can either pick an unwrapped gift from the pile, or steal a previous player’s gift.
  5.  Anyone who gets their gift stolen can choose a new gift or steal from someone else.
  6. A gift can only be stolen once per turn.
  7. After everyone has had a turn, the first person gets a chance to swap the gift he or she is holding for any other opened gift.

This game is loads of fun, and it avoids the waste of buying random new gadgets that are abandoned immediately after Christmas. Not to mention that I have got some really cool gifts this way.

On a more serious note, with the end of 2017 fast approaching, I've been reflecting on how quickly the past seven months have passed, since we opened the shop in May. I've been talking with some of you about some interesting ideas for 2018, and we've got some plans for getting more people involved. Watch this space for new ideas coming your way.

In the meantime, we wish you a warm and cosy holiday season, and hope to see you in the shop over the next few weeks.

With best wishes,

Kate & the ecochair team