Xmas Gift Guide 2018

MY TOP 10 PICKS

1. Mi Goals Diary

This diary is so amazing. Not only is it set out really well with lots of room to write and plan your life, it’s ultimate goal is to help you achieve your goals! It has a goals charter in the beginning of the diary and each week starts with a quote to fire you up for life!

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Can’t recommend  URBIPOD enough!!!

Can’t recommend URBIPOD enough!!!

2. Urbipod - GROW HERBS IN YOUR OWN HOME

OH my goodness I love this thing. Home growing made EASY. If you’re not good at gardening or just don’t have room for it, the Urbipod allows you to grow things effortlessly. Fresh herbs all year round from the comfort of your Kitchen Bench and you hardly ever have to water it (and when you do, all you have to do is fill up the bottle). It’s a little pricier but SO worth it in terms of the use you get.

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3. KAPPI reusable ziplock bags

This might not seem like the most obvious gift idea, but if you’re like me and you’re trying to be more zero-waste, this is a perfect food storage solution. Kappi has SO many zero-waste options and everything is high-quality and durable. After reusable containers, these are the next MUST-HAVES in terms of eco-food storage. You can bring them everywhere for snacks, lunch, sandwiches and whatever else you can think of! Heck, I would gift myself these!

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4. EcoJarz

THE BEST MASON JAR ACCESSORIES. Fermentaiton, smoothies, drinking, you name it! I have fallen in love with the widemouth Poptop lid. It’s essential for any good, groovy smoothie jar!

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5. Lush

So many zero-waste options at Lush! Bath and Body products GALORE. A list of my plastic-free favourites:

  • CHARITY POT - naked body lotion bar

  • MOVIS - face scrub with whole wheat for exxxtra exfoliation

  • COAL FACE - charcoal face cleanser

  • ONCE UPON A TIME - apple naked body lotion bar

  • SLEEPY - lavender shower gel

  • WICCY MAGIC MUSCLES - muscle soother!!!

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SHUH. cute ceramic air planters

SHUH. cute ceramic air planters

6. Shuh. Designs

Made locally by Melbourne artist Shuh Lee. Shuh. makes the cutest little Trinkets, Ceramics, Planters and I amabsolutely in LOVE with her style.

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SHUH. pillowcase

SHUH. pillowcase

SHUH. pillowcase

SHUH. pillowcase

SHUH. pillowcase

SHUH. pillowcase

BRIDGET BODHENAM

BRIDGET BODHENAM

7. Bridget Bodenham Ceramics

My all-time favourite ceramics artist with the cutest planters, mugs and plates. They have a fun but classic look to them.

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TREAT DREAMS CHOCOLATE

TREAT DREAMS CHOCOLATE

8. TREAT DREAMS

Delicious chocolates - all the classics: caramello koalas, mint and strawberry filled freddos - ALL VEGANISED! Grab their dream bears, their bars - its all good!

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9. Smith and Deli-CIOUS COOKBOOK

The new cookbook from the formidable Smith and Deli is here once again to grace us mere mortals.

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THE BOOK OF QUEENS

THE BOOK OF QUEENS

10. cookie jars

See below in LOW BUDGET GIFT IDEAS

all GIFT IDEAS

BEAUTY

Aromatherapy Diffuser

Salt Lamp

Body Oils

ZERO WASTE

Frank Green Keep Cup

Ever Eco Reusable Cutlery

Produce Bags

READERS

Lunch Lady Magazine

Chickpea Magazine

Kindle

LOW BUDGET GIFT IDEAS (UNDER $20)

  1. Zero Waste Cookie Jars

Make your own little gifts for people so that they can make their own batch of delicious chocolate chip cookies!

To make ONE cookie jar: MAKES ~10 SUBWAY SIZED COOKIES

LAYER AN EMPTY MASON JAR WITH: (in this order

  • 1 cup chickpea (gf) or plain flour (not gf)

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup caster sugar

  • 1 cup vegan choc chips

PUT THE LID ON AND GIVE THEM THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Simply pour this jar out into a bowl - add 1/2 cup of vegan butter and 1/2 tbsp of water (and 1 tsp vanilla essence - but it’s optional) - and mix until fully combined.

  2. Preheat oven to 180°C

  3. Roll small balls and place them on a lined baking tray, flatten slightly because they’re gonna SPREAD!

  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes depending on your oven (watch them!)

  5. Wait until they’re cool to gobble them all up!

2. Candied Nuts

Fill mason jars up with delicious homemade candied nuts! Here’s a recipe:

ONE-PAN CANDIED NUTS BY MINIMALIST BAKER

3. Homemade Banana Bread + Tea Towel

This used to be my go-to gift. I’d bake a loaf of banana bread, wrap it in a nice new tea towel and some string - and VOILA! A delicious easy, low cost present. Bake a few loaves and give them to loved ones :)

Click here for a good recipe from FROMMYBOWL

4. Thrift Store ‘Book Packs’

Books are a sure bargain at thrift stores. Collect 5 or so books on areas you know your giftee is into! E.G. For my dad I would search for: CANADA travel book, a Mediterranean COOK BOOK, a book on engineering, some sort of national-geographic style book and maybe score him a shirt too. $15 - done.

5. Plants

Plants are generally quite cheap, especially little succulents! Try buying at larger nurseries or hardware stores like Bunnings!

6. Sprouting/MICROGREENS Tray + Seeds

Sprouting and growing microgreens is so easy and rewarding and can be done in a matter of days if the weather is right. It’s really hard to screw up and all you need is a tray and some seeds! Will put you back about $15 for tray and some seeds.

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If you want to be really fancy, you could use this sprouting unit, but it’s not necessary and I don’t have one.

7. Memory Photo Frames

Print some photos out and get a nice frame from the thrift store. These are always the best presents. So many mems.

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8. SCOBY FOR KOMBUCHA

If you’re lucky to have a friend that brews their own booch, ask for some scoby to gift someone! It’s a fantastic gift and a lot of fun! (Then you can have two friends that make booch :P)

PLANET-FRIENDLY WRAPPING OPTIONS

A LOT OF WRAPPING PAPER IS NOT RECYCLABLE. Anything glittery, anything waxed, anything too thin cannot be recycled and all adds to the landfills. Please consider these more earth-friendly wrapping options this Chrissy!

Brown Paper Wrapping + Jute String

Lush Knot Wraps

VERY EASY - DIY How to Sew a Bento Bag

Linen or Canvas Material Squares (can be re-used and sewn into produce bags later!)

HOW TO WRAP USING MATERIAL!

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Elizabeth Miu