While keeping up with the spirit of generosity this Christmas, we mustn’t forget to show our planet some of that same kindness. Studies conducted by Gallup this year estimate America’s total holiday spending to exceed $1 trillion in 2019, which essentially equates to tonnes and tonnes of waste that ends up in the world’s landfills. The worst part is – the average spending per year, per person on gifts is increasing every year, instead of decreasing with conscious consumerism. We tend to forget that responsible fashion and sustainability don’t only apply to ourselves, but we need to also make conscious decisions when thinking about gifts for others, especially when so many of said gifts go unused and end up as waste. One solution to this problem would be to not buy gifts at all, but a better and less Scrooge-like solution would be to opt for more meaningful, second-hand gifts. There is definitely some stigma around second-hand gifts, however, second-hand items don’t always mean old and dingy. Here are 6 pre-loved gifting ideas that will keep it classy and responsible for this festive season!
1. Pre-loved games
Whether it’s video games that have only been played once, a classic board game or a puzzle, these items make great gifts for the holidays. Not to mention, thrift stores have great options, just make sure you check for scratches and ensure all the pieces are there.
2. Classic books
There are bookshops all over Mumbai and many of them have pre-loved, classic titles that would be a great addition to any library. You can even find comic books and magazines that may be considered to be collectibles!
If you’re an antique shop lover, spending some time scouting a quality trinket may be right up your alley. Antique shops have collectibles, home décor, furniture, and jewellery, so there’s a good chance with some expert exploration, you’ll find loads of gems to gift loved ones.
4. Upcycled accessories
DIY accessories made from old fabric remnants are a great way to make a personalized gift for a loved one. Seams For Dreams even has their own upcycled accessories line made from sari fabric and everyday garments such as denims! Get creative and have some fun, because the possibilities are endless!
You can find great second-hand art like paintings and sculptures at garage sales, online shops like Etsy and e-Bay, and vintage stores. Better yet, if you have a piece in your own home that you may want to circulate, this could be a great way to keep your own collection fresh.
6. Your own closet
All of us have some delightful pieces that our friends have been eyeing for some time. These clothing items and accessories make for great presents, and your friends will surely appreciate that designer bag that you haven’t used in ages or that statement necklace that you’ve shown off too many times already. Let your friends shine!
Tell us your pre-loved gifting ideas in the comments below!
Keep giving in style!