Looking for reusable gift ideas this Christmas? We’ve put together a short guide with some of our favourite brands, and some unique sustainable gift ideas guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face.
Why buy reusable Christmas Gifts?
Christmas is the season for giving, so let’s make sure we gift responsibly this year. Buying reusable gifts is one of the best ways to ensure that not only will your present be used and appreciated, but it’s much less likely to end up in landfill when it’s fulfilled it’s purpose too.
Reusable gifts truly do keep on giving – the perfect antidote to the wasteful excesses of the festive season.
This year, we urge you to turn your back on single-use items and instead shop sustainably, choosing gifts that mean something a little more – and that will last longer too!
How to shop sustainably this Christmas
Not sure how to shop with a sustainable gift list? Here are our top 5 tips:
- Research brands. Do your homework (we’ve helped you out a little in this article-hooray!) and if you’re not sure on a brand’s policy for something, then reach out and ask. Most ethical companies will be more than happy to answer your questions.
- Read labels. Learn how to decipher the jargon and understand the ingredients that are being used in the products you choose.
- Look for gifts that can be re-used to reduce waste – it just makes sense!
- Wrap responsibly. Don’t go for plastic-coated gift wrap this year. Research the brands who make gorgeous recycled and recyclable wrapping paper. Save and re-use wrapping paper from under your own tree. Use alternative methods of wrapping – like our WUKA gift bag for example.
And so, on to some of our favourite reusable gift ideas for Christmas…
Reusable gifts from WUKA
Here at WUKA we’re huge advocates for buying reusable products. A nauseating 200,000 tonnes of plastic-riddled disposable pads and tampons are sent to landfill every single year in the UK, and 2 billion menstrual items are flushed down the loo too. The result? A whole load of pollution that could – and should – have been avoided.
In contrast, one pair of WUKA period pants can save 200 single-used disposables from damaging our planet. Each pair has a life span of up to two years, saving you money and helping to reduce the carbon footprint of your period too. And what better gift to show you care – a comfy, safe and eco-friendly period – all wrapped up in a gorgeous reusable gift bag!
Flex period pants
WUKA Flex are ideal reusable period pants for gifting, as they’re multi-sized – so there’s no need to stress about whether or not they’ll fit.
The WUKA Bikini Flex also come with detachable straps so they can be removed and changed quickly and easily – on the go, at festivals, at school or at work.
WUKA Stretch period pants
Like the Flex, WUKA Stretch are also multi-sized, fitting UK sizes 6-22. They’re also seamless, and come in either high waist or midi brief style.
The great thing about WUKA Stretch period pants is that they’re made using our patented Stretch Technology – meaning they sculpt to fit all body sizes and shapes, giving you a sleek silhouette, no matter where you are in your cycle.
Overnight period pants
Say goodnight to nightmares, and hello to a dreamy leak-free sleep!
WUKA Overnight period pants are the ultimate reusable gift for anyone with periods – available in a range of fits and perfect for those who work nights too – choose from Ultimate High Waist, Leopard Print High Waist, Lace Hipster Brief and more.
WUKA wearable hot water bottle
The WUKA wearable hot water bottle is just perfect for anyone who loves a good, cosy night in now and then – and, of course, one of the best ways to ease period cramps too.
Attach it around the waist, pop your phone in the handy pocket and just relax. A unique but very practical reusable gift for all ages!
Reusable gifts from brands we love
We love finding new brands whose missions align with our own, and we only wish we could highlight them all right here. But when it comes reusable gifts for Christmas, we’re pretty confident that these brands will have more than enough to help you spread some festive joy this year.
Little Soap Company
Little Soap Company are on a mission to make good quality, natural soap accessible to all – and we think they’re doing a pretty amazing job!
Soap bars are way more eco-friendly than the usual plastic bottles filled with shower gel. They cost less, they last longer, and these soap bars contain absolutely no nasties whatsoever. We love the award winning Eco Warrior, range – the Total Works Gift Pack has something for everyone.
CloudCloth are a fab little brand who specialise in reusable cleaning face cloths, perfect for taking the day away and eliminating the need for cotton wool pads or disposable makeup wipes.
The CloudCloth Organic Reusable Face cloths git set features their signature dual action face cloth, with super soft fluffy cotton on one side and woven on the other for exfoliation. Luxurious, practical and the perfect reusable gift for anyone who is looking to build or maintain an eco-conscious skincare routine.
We love Zao Makeup – it’s natural, it’s vegan and it’s completely re-fillable, so perfect for anyone who loves a bit of glam but wants to keep their carbon footprint low.
The brand’s Christmas offerings are great this year, but their staples are also well worth a browse too. From foundation to highlighter and lip gloss to nail polish, every single product is organic, cruelty free and natural – and you can even compose your own palette with your favourite refills too. Such a unique gift idea!
Wearth London have some really lovely Christmas gifts on offer this year, featuring some pretty awesome brands that are all about living sustainably and protecting the planet.
If you’re looking for gifts under £20, the Calming Lavender Herbal sleep Sachets are perfect, and they have a great line in reusable fabric wrapping paper too.
Global Wakecup have some gorgeous, practical reusable gifts this Christmas- and they can be personalised too.
For smaller gifts, we really love the reusable coffee cup and the cute personalised water bottles, but we have to say that the Zero Waste Lunch Kit is probably our firm favourite if your budget is bigger. No more plastic-wrapped, shop-bough sandwiches, the kit has it all: a vegan rucksack, a bamboo water bottle, bamboo coffee cup and two bamboo straws. Love it!
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HOW DO PERIOD PANTS WORK?
WUKA period pants are designed for you to bleed into during your period. They feature a highly absorbent gusset, made up of many layers. This gusset is designed to hold period blood, locking it away from the body to keep you dry and comfortable. Wear them for up to 4 hours depending on your flow, then wash and re-use.
WHAT ARE WUKA STRETCH PERIOD PANTS MADE FROM?
WUKA Stretch period pants are made from super soft Microfibre, with our patented Stretch Technology – engineered to retain its stretch, expand or contract depending on your unique shape.
WHAT STYLES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE STRETCH RANGE?
WUKA Stretch are available in Seamless High Waist or Seamless Midi Brief, fitting UK size 6-22. The high waist style is great for feeling comfy and supported when you’re bloated and great for overnight too. The Midi Brief is also perfect for providing support and comfort when you need it most, ideal for everyday.
HOW DO I CARE FOR WUKA STRETCH PERIOD PANTS?
WUKA Stretch are pretty special, so they need a little extra TLC when it comes to washing – they require a cold wash only. If your machine doesn’t have this setting, hand washing is your best alternative.
We recommend treating your period pants as delicates. Using our mesh laundry bag will help to protect the fabric and prolong the life of your underwear.
The elastane we use in these pants doesn’t like heat or chemicals, so no tumble drying or heated airers, and no fabric conditioner please! Air drying is best.
WHAT ARE WUKA FLEX PERIOD PANTS MADE FROM?
WUKA Flex Bikini are made from soft Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) cotton, which means that the material we use is organic, grown without pesticides or fertilisers. BCI cotton also supports sustainable farming, helping to reduce the carbon footprint of cotton farming overall.
Our Flex Logo Bikini is made from premium organic cotton, certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard, an eco-friendly fabric that’s kind to the planet.
WHAT STYLES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE FLEX RANGE?
WUKA Flex are available in two styles: WUKA Flex Detachable Bikini with detachable hooks for easy changing, and WUKA Flex Logo Bikini. Both are bikini style with side adjustments for the perfect fit, and both come in either medium or heavy flow.
HOW DO I CARE FOR WUKA FLEX PERIOD PANTS?
If you have time, always rinse your Flex period pants in cold water first. Then wash with similar colour items in the machine at 30-40 degrees. Use a mesh laundry bag to protect them, and skip the fabric conditioner as this can affect absorbency. Line dry indoors or outdoors- no tumble dryers or heated airers.
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