Last year, the average American spent approximately $700 on gifts and decorations for the winter holidays. Based on this data from last year, holiday spending in America is trending to exceed $1 trillion this year!
In the designated season of giving this winter, it’s very tempting to buy gifts that are convenient. Rather than seeking out businesses where your purchase can make an impact. There are hundreds of organizations that you can help simply by shopping during the holiday season. We’ve compiled a quick guide to help you make more sustainable gifting choices this season.
Shopping at malls, large department stores, or big box stores is so convenient for us, but most of the products at those stores are mass-produced. Thus, contributing to an increase of carbon in the atmosphere. It is also putting smaller companies and local shops out of business. Purchasing from small or local businesses also helps contribute to your local economy, which brings about more job opportunities.
If you’re looking to gift a specific product, try using an online store finder to see where they’re sold near you! You might also consider searching for a similar product to find the website of a small business or start-up company to support (like HYDAWAY!). You may even find other unique gifts in the process. A great website for this is Etsy it is full of hand-made local gifts.
Offering your friends and family gifts that help them stay healthy and happy is always appreciated. Encouraging healthy habits is a great way to remind your loved ones that you care about them!
Purchasing gifts that are practical and reusable is a great way to help reduce waste. Americans toss 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year holiday period than any other time of the year. This extra waste results in approximately 25 million tons of garbage!
Instead of using holiday ribbon or glossy wrapping paper to wrap presents, try using recyclable paper and decorations. Opt for twine, burlap, or recycled paper. Another great idea is to use plain, brown recyclable paper and paint designs yourself.
While you’re shopping for friends and family this holiday season, double dip and purchase products that can help those in need! For example, Sudara is an organization that donates a portion of its sales to help combat human trafficking in India.
If you do end up finding that perfect gift on Amazon, AmazonSmile gives back to organizations in need while keeping your shopping experience the same. For every purchase that’s made through AmazonSmile, 0.5% of the purchase goes to an organization of your choice. Seems like a no-brainer to us!
This holiday season, make thoughtful gift decisions to help your loved ones, the environment, and the greater community around you. From all of us at HYDAWAY, have a safe and happy holiday season!