Hong Kong is suffering from a consumption problem, and we have the power to affect change with our individual daily actions. Just to put into perspective, Hong Kong sends 370 tonnes of textiles to our landfills every single day. While the Christmas season is all about giving, it doesn’t mean that it has to be unsustainable. To avoid contributing to creating more waste in our already overflowing landfills, here are 8 non-stuff gift ideas to have yourself a clutter-free Christmas!
1. Choose Tickets To A Play, Movie, Concert
Has your friend been raving about a movie release? Or perhaps your sister’s been searching for someone to accompany her to a play. Grab two tickets – even if you have to sit through 2 hours of absolute boredom, the time spent and thought behind this gift will surely be appreciated.
2. Make A Donation To A Meaningful Cause
Do something good with your buck. If you know a cause that your special someone cares a lot about, make a donation on their behalf! The impact you’ll create with it will be a lot more positive than the footprint left behind by a material purchase.
3. Invest In A Chooose.today Subscription
Help your frequent flier friend or family member offset their carbon footprint! If they won’t cut down on their consumption, you can help mitigate some of theirs by purchasing a monthly subscription plan from climate action streaming service Chooose.today. The service will fund reliable, UN-approved climate offsetting projects, so you can trust that your dollars will go to a good cause.
4. Volunteer Your Time & Talent
Sometimes, just spending your time to put your skills to good use is the best gift you can give. Volunteer at a local food bank like Feeding Hong Kong, or help walk dogs at a rescue centre. Not a charity person? You can also simply offer to babysit for your mum friend who hasn’t gone on a date night in months!
5. Book A Wellness Experience
For someone super stressed out in your life, a wellness experience is just the perfect gift. Instead of gifting someone something they’ll just leave in their drawer for months untouched, arrange to go on a relaxing date at one of Hong Kong’s wellness spas, or maybe book an eco-friendly travel adventure abroad.
6. Arrange A Group Class Or Activity
7. Arrange A Plant-Based Feast
Treat your loved one to a delicious and elaborate plant-based meal. There are so many to choose from in this city. Think all-you-can-eat vegan dim sum, fine vegan tasting menus, or a fun Sunday brunch date.
8. Gift Kindness
Not everything has to be bought. Giving kindness to someone, whether it is your neighbour, friend or family member, is one of the most powerful things you can do.
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