UPDATED: November 2020
As every year you are here looking for some last-minute sustainable gifts ideas for this holiday season? No worries. This is the post for you. As never before, this climate change and sustainability are our present and future. This is why we at The Sustainable Tour really believe that the attention should be focused on the quality of the gifts and not on the quantity. We believe that now more than ever the best gift you can give to someone is an experience. Something that could really change the life of your beloved ones. But if you are still looking for the perfect gift for this holidays season, we are here to help you! Inside this post, we tried to select the best mix of last-minute sustainable gifts ideas and experiences you can buy this year! The common word? Sustainability.
Here there are the best last-minute sustainable gifts ideas:
Gift an EXPERIENCE
In 2019 Airbnb launched a new program called Airbnb Experience, where local people from all over the world with the passion for travels could offer their expertise on their cities allowing you to live a unique experience as a local. Food Tours, Surf Classes, High Hikes and incredible Adventures, you can really find everything on the platform. An example? Book your street photography experience in my neighbourhood Ortica in Milano! The good thing? You can choose the experience according to your budget. It takes only 5 minutes to book an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. Book with our link and get 34€ off on your first experience.
Gift a Christmas Adventure Pack by Tropicfeel
Since their launch on Kickstarter, Troopicfeel Shoes became the most popular travel designed shoes for travellers. We had the opportunity to try all their shoe models: Monsoon, Canyon and Cala. All of them are really great travel shoes being at the same time comfortable, durable and extremely light. Bust most important, they are sustainable. The shoes are entirely made of recycled polyester. But what you are getting in the Tropicfeel Christmas Adventure Packs? A set of travel products that may become your essential adventure kit adaptable to all your next trips. But most importantly, a set of products that respect nature, a clear example of sustainable purchase. They are on sale starting at 59€. P.S. use the code TST10 to get 10% off your order.
Gift an INTERRAIL PASS
One of the best thing you could ever gift? A trip around Europe! (Yes, even during covid time!) From London to Berlin, passing through Amsterdam and Paris. Starting at 151€ you can gift an Interrail Pass and the possibility to take an incredible train (and sustainable!) journey around Europe. There are different options of Interrail passes, basically for any budget that includes also a single country pass starting at 59€! Gift a unique experience on the rails!
Gift a SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL BACKPACK
Speaking of sustainable products, another of the elements that may be fundamental for travellers, after shoes, is indeed a durable and well-built backpack. There are many that could fit in this category, but two left a deep mark on us during the last years: the GROUNDTRUTH RIKR 24 Backpack and the WAYKS One Backpack. Indeed, even if very different both of them are among the best backpack that we had the opportunity to try and to use. They are designed from travellers for travellers, with the GROUNDTRUTH more compact and design-oriented and the WAYKS bigger with its modular features. Both of them are completely built with recycled polyester. A great gift idea starting for a price range between 200-300€.
Gift an Alpine Hemp Product
In 2020 our friends at Salewa came out with one of the first technical collection for mountains lover. The new Alpine Hemp collection is in fact produced with a blend of organic cotton and alpine hemp that allows having great durability (as hemp is one of the most durable natural fibres) while staying fresh and respecting nature. We have been using the products both in our mountain explorations but also during our trips and they suit perfectly to this double-use. Absolutely a must-have for hikes lovers!
Gift a TREE
Yes, I know. You are thinking how do I pack a tree? No worries. You can easily purchase a tree online at Treedom.com and easily gift it to someone just by typing their email. They will receive directly the gift on their inbox. We really believe in gifting trees as an inexpensive way (starting at 15€) to put a smile on someone face and to act concretely for the environment (that is why we launched our The Sustainable Tour Forest). By gifting a tree you will help to reduce the CO2 emissions and, at the same time, based on the variety of tree selected you will support local economies in developing countries. By giving them the possibility to grow their economies with the fruits produced by the trees in the next years. A really long term gift. Coffee, Avocado or Cocoa? Which one you will gift?
This was our selection of the best 5 last-minute sustainable gifts ideas for the holiday season. As said before, remember to buy less and buy better! P.S. feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments!