How to shop ethically and give more meaningful gifts this festive season – Yahoo News

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The last few years have been hard; we can all agree on that. This is why so many of us are going all out to celebrate this festive season, but we shouldn’t forget all the lessons learned from lockdowns and isolation.

Instead of just flashing your cash and buying up big, take a bit more time to consider the issues we have dealt with recently – climate change and the need to be more sustainable; racism and the importance of cultural diversity and acceptance; burnout and the issues of just having too much stuff.

This year’s festive season, look to things like ethical consumerism, minimalist living, and a sustainable lifestyle to share your love with family and friends. Here are some great ideas you can try.

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Rather than shopping online and adding to your carbon footprint, shop locally. Make an effort to find and support small businesses producing goods locally made from sustainable or recycled products. Take a day to wander around your local artists street and snap up original and unique gifts. When you buy locally, you also support your own traditions and culture, celebrating inclusiveness and identity.

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Secondhand and Thrifted

Instead of looking for something brand new, try an antique or secondhand store for something preloved. This is a particularly great option if you are looking for furniture or homeware items – antique and older furniture is always better made and will definitely last longer. If you do not love the colour, paint it! You can also snap up fabulous pieces of jewellery that are reasonably priced as well.

Go to for a list of Antique and secondhand stores.

Support those who need assistance

You can also reach out to charity groups to buy gifts or items like cards from organisations that support disadvantaged groups. You will not only feel good about helping others, but your dollars will also be going to a good cause. You could also make a substantial donation to a charity in the name of someone as a gift. This idea has become super popular for wedding gifts and funerals instead of spending money on flowers.

Go to for a list of reputable charities to support.

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