Reusable Gifts, Remixed
Those of us behind the scenes at ReusableBags/Reuseit.com come up with some pretty crafty ways to Give Gifts That Help People Consume Less. A conversation between veteran employees Natalie and Belinda about how to take a great reusable from our store and turn it into an even more special gift inspired this post - and we hope you find some great ideas to use this holiday. Some of these ideas are meant to be funny, although all of them are useful! (Have ideas of your own about making our products into amazing holiday gifts? Leave us comments!)
ACME Workhorse Bags are might be the most versatile item we carry. Sure, they're innovative, super-strong reusable shopping bags, but they also make great gift wrap, stocking stuffers and ornaments! Just add an ornament hook onto the bag's loop and decorate your tree with our colorful ultra-compacts. Available in rip-stop nylon, 100% recycled Eco-Circle and silicone-coated rip-stop nylon there's a color to suit all your holiday needs. (The moroccan blue Workhorse and silver Eco-Circle make pretty snazzy Hanukkah decorations, too.) After the presents are opened, send your friends and family home with an "ornament" that doubles as a great shopping bag.
Instead of stockings this year, try a reusable bottle sleeve! The stretchy material is roomy enough for lots of small gifts and candy and when the gifts are gone, they help to keep your reusable bottles insulated and protected from damage. On that same note, you can fancy-up the gift of a bottle of wine by wrapping it on a Built One Bottle Tote. No one will even notice that you gave them "Two Buck Chuck" from Trader Joe's when it's wrapped up in such a cool reusable tote.
Our Plastic Bag dispenser also makes a funny Christmas stocking - presents go in the top and the recipient can pull them out the bottom. It's also a fun way to wrap up clothes as gifts - just roll them up inside.
Thermal mugs are a great gift for any coffee or tea drinker - and you can give a little extra when you enclose a package of loose tea, a gift certificate to a favorite coffee shop or homemade hot cocoa mix inside.
If you're on a secret Santa budget, consider giving a homemade cupcake inside a stainless steel sidekick. When the cupcake is gone, they'll still have this easy-to-clean reusable container to use as a part of their waste-free lunch kit.
Or what about gifting a Light My Fire LunchBox & Spork with some recipes for your favorite pasta salads tucked inside? On it's own, the lunch box is pretty cool - BPA-free, microwavable, and dishwasher-safe - but with the extra touch of your handwritten recipe it's something anyone at the office will appreciate.
Our favorite silly holiday reusable idea so far came from a fan of Lunapads - the Lunapads Wreath! Now, this is something you can only give your closest friends - but we're working on one for the office right now! Consider making this for your roommate majoring in feminist studies or for your eco-minded little sister.
The bottom line is, when you gift a reusable you're empowering friends and family to eliminate 1000s of disposables. Use our Gift Center to find the perfect gift, and take a look at our reusable gift wrap tutorial to learn how to wrap them in our award-winning shopping bags. Add a personal touch to make it special - because saving the Earth is a fun job!