Zero Waste Gift Guide

This is a birthday gift wrapped in an intresting article about recycling that was sent to me by my dear friend Marlene. The headband is from her sustainable fashion brand l.y.s, which I wrote a post about here.

The Holidays are fast approaching and with them, the stress of finding the perfect present for our loved ones. Well at least that’s how it was for me  pre- Zero Waste life.

This year, I am approaching Christmas with excitement, kindness and most importantly, with ease.

While I no longer participate in the yearly shopping craze that used to ruin my mood every year, I still think about what gifts I can give my loved ones.

This is what I am giving them this year:

Bea Johnson Zero Waste Home (my Family is German, so it is perfect that her book was just translated into the German language with the title: “Glücklich eben ohne Müll”).

  • Homemade Lotion: My step mother just showed me this wonderful recipe for an amazing lotion. While this one is not vegan, it is the closest I have come to a store bought lotion in terms of texture and moistorizing qualities. Will write a post about it soon.
  • Homemade candles: My mom has her own bees so when they are, we are left with a lot of bees wax that make incredibly delicious smelling candles.
  • If you would like to know how I make them, I have a candle recipe on my blog here.
  • Lunch at a fancy restaurant. My grandma and I have a very special relationship and since she doesn’t particularly like getting things I like to surprise her with an activity. I opted for a lunch at a fancy restaurant where we could dress up and spend time together. I love stories from the time she grew up, she taught me how to handwash clothes in the most gentle way and she gives great relationship advice.
  • Body scrubs: My favorite one is the Brown sugar Lemon scrub, it makes your Skin feel the smoothes and it makes moistorizing after completely unecessary.
  • Laundry detergent: Most People opt for the cheapest option when purchasing laundry detergent. I make my own laundry detergent and like to spoil people with their favorite scents of detergent for Christmas.
  • Preloved treasures: I love going to antique Shops, flea markets and second Hand Shops to buy something nice for my fashionable sisters who always appreciate something vintage.
  • If someone has a specific wish, I try to find it second hand on sites like eBay, Amazon or the german site willhaben.
  • I bake. This is an activity I love doing with my little sisters. We spend time together, eat cookie dough and voila, we have delicious Christmas treats for their teachers and our friends and relatives.
  • Movie Theater tickets

When I was a little girl, my grandma made reusable cloth bags for every one to save on wrapping paper. We always put every gift unwrapped in the bag and lay it under the Christmas tree. An alternative to that could be big reusable boxes.

I hope this little list was helpful to you,

Merry Christmas





  1. Aude P.
    February 1, 2017 / 6:46 am

    Great article! Your videos were fun too 🙂 I can’t wait to read your Homemade Lotion recipe! I’ve just started making my own deodorant, and buying solid conditioner from Lush (bringing my own bag!) and I would love to learn how to make my own body lotion. I’m just using straight up coconut oil at the moment, and I’d love something a bit lighter…

    • February 1, 2017 / 8:29 am

      Thank you for your sweet comment. I already have a lotion recipe on the blog:
      and I will post a non- vegan one later this week.

      I used to use coconut oil only for a while too but at some point, I found it was clogging up my pores and didn’t necessarily make my skin smoother.
      Now, when I am too lazy to make my lotions, I just mix almond, argan and jojoba oil and it does wonders for my skin.
      For the vegan recipe on my blog, coconut oil is not mandatory and the recipe is just as good without it, in case you want to cut out coconut oil for a while.
      I am curious, how do you make your own deodorant? I always switch between just using baking soda and making the one I posted on my blog but I am always interested in what recipe other people use.

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