1. Change your perception of gift-giving
2. Create your own Christmas tags
3. Don’t leave everything to the last minute
4. AMP's top three
Opt for eco-friendly and handmade gifts that highlight New Zealand's unique culture and natural beauty. Consider crafting your own presents, such as hand-painted river stones, homemade preserves or knitted scarves using locally sourced materials. These sustainable DIY gifts are not only budget-friendly, but also show your creativity.
Instead of a traditional indoor feast, take your Christmas celebration to the beach. Bring the community together and organise a beach clean-up with your friends and family, followed by a picnic or barbecue. Not only does this help keep New Zealand's beautiful coastal environment clean, but it provides a unique and sustainable way to celebrate too. You can also minimise waste by using reusable picnicware and enjoying locally sourced, zero-waste snacks.
Instead of purchasing a traditional Christmas tree that might end up as waste after the holiday season, why not go green with a native tree-planting tradition? In New Zealand, you can participate in tree-planting initiatives to help restore native forests. Your contribution not only benefits the environment, but also provides a meaningful and sustainable Christmas tradition.