Help them rehydrate
If Easter is a time for overindulging in chocolate, help out your friends by gifting them something to encourage some healthy alternatives. BPA-free water bottles can be a great idea, as they are super useful, encourage water intake, and usually have really cool designs. You could even get them a matching ice cube tray so your friends don’t have to drink room-temperature water (because that’s completely plebeian, ok).
Wrap them up
It doesn't matter what part of the world you’re in. A scarf is always welcome! If you’re feeling particularly crafty, you can knit one yourself – the recipient will know that you spent hours making something just for them, and they will feel extra special each time. If you don’t have the time (or the skills – let’s be honest), visit a store that uses recycled materials and support their business. Then you will have even more choice – summer or winter, colors, styles, fabrics and feel.
You can still be the fun adult
At Easter time, most children want chocolate. But parents will still be grateful if you don’t show up to their house with even more chocolate. Instead, bring an eco-friendly children’s toy with you. Most children will actually prefer something longer-lasting, and they will probably already have enough chocolate already. From puzzles to toys to outdoor activity sets, there are plenty of options that won’t make you feel guilty that children will also love.
Don’t leave the office out
Is your office the type of place where people exchange gifts at Easter? If so, yay for you – extra gifts! But it also means that you’ll need to consider what to get your colleague that they won’t hate, and that won’t make you feel like you’re wrecking the earth. You can actually find an entire range of eco-friendly corporate gifts from different suppliers, ranging from desk supplies to office-appropriate wall hangings. They are often made from recycled, low impact resources so you will feel good every time you walk past it at work.
These are just a few ideas of great, eco-friendly gifts that are great to have on hand around Easter time. They could certainly be applied to other times of year, though, so don’t feel that you can’t pull something out early when needed. Start your eco-friendly gift search now, and your hidden gift compartment in your linen closet will look so much better! What eco-friendly gift have you received that was super-useful?