We’re all trying to do better at reducing waste and Christmas can be difficult. Here’s some gift ideas that will help you stay eco friendly and cute.
Many cafes and restaurants are getting rid of plastic straws but the paper ones can be annoying to use. Hashy (Japan) make reusable silicon straws that come with a cleaning brush and can be folded up into a small case. Best of all, they have kawaii character designs including Sumikko Gurashi, Sanrio and Miffy.
Ditch the wrapping paper and make the wrapping into an extra gift with furoshiki fabric. It can be reused in multiple ways and comes in lots of cute fabrics. ALXNDRA (UK) has a really sweet design of kokeshi dolls and ghosts that comes in two sizes and she’ll even do the wrapping if you’re buying another gift from her store.
I’ve been meaning to try out solid shampoo bars for ages but there’s so many, it’s hard to know where to start. I’m sure others feel the same way so help a friend out by gifting one of the colourful shampoo bars from Lush (UK / USA) plus a storage tin for travel.
Beauty products can be very wasteful and reusable pads and wipes make for a great gift. MummyMarvellousMakes (UK) have loads of handmade pads and wipes with plenty of cute fabrics to choose from including bunnies, cats and strawberries.
Lots of Etsy sellers are now turning to recycled materials so try adding terms like recycled, eco friendly and FSC certified to your searches. These fruity notebooks by Whimsy and Frip (UK) are made of recycled paper and are very affordable for a super cute little extra gift.
Prefer to DIY or low on cash? Red Ted Art have some kawaii upcycling ideas so you can turn old bottles, cans and newspapers into something much cuter like pencil pots, pencil toppers and gift boxes.
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She also designs cute character goods as Asking For Trouble. Having visited Japan five times, Marceline is enormously inspired by all things Japanese and especially loves bunnies, space and any kind of food object with a happy face.