For those a bit late with their Christmas presents, we propose a small article with ideas in line with our values. You will be able to put your creativity into action with handmade gifts. Then we will offer you a list of small local brands to support young designers. And finally a proposal that is important to us, the upcycling and how to share with your loved ones gifts that have marked you.
For plant lovers, think about the cuttings of your existing plants. So it takes a bit of time to prepare and succeed. But some plants (especially succulents), allow you to have a successful gift in a few minutes. We did the test with a rejection of Aloe Vera. What a good way to please all your loved ones and give you a taste of spring!
To learn more about cuttings, consider visiting Mango and Salt, an expert on plant propagation.
For those close to you who are transitioning to zero waste, think of practical gifts. If you are a dressmaker, you can do it yourself. Otherwise, you can find them on Etsy or in the organic shops in your neighborhood. We made small bags for bulk. The important thing is to make a french seam to avoid having food stuck in the threads. And we also tested the bee wraps. These are fabric falls covered with beeswax and baked. They allow you to keep your food in the fridge (cover a bowl of soup, etc.) or for your sandwiches.
To learn more, check out the Banana Pancakes website. She offers a tutorial very well explained.
For your girlfriends, you can opt for pretty accessories. As before, dressmakers can indulge their creativity and use their fabric falls. For others, there are many small brands that offer this type of accessories including on Etsy.
On our side we made two small gifts: the famous little knots Gaston in Barcelona. You can use them to accessorize all your outfits: a T-shirt, hide the band of a bra when you wear an open sweater in the back, etc. And a turban headband that will be perfect to protect your ears this winter!
Finally for lovers of decoration and cooking, think of pretty ceramics. You can use it under a very trendy dish. They can decorate your party tables during the holidays. For creative and manual people, you can make them yourself. Just buy uncooked ceramic tiles and dig them with a kind of spoon. You can apply the pattern you like best. Finally, bring your creation to a ceramic workshop, they will cook your plate for an impressive result.
As Christmas approaches, you will find many small markets highlighting small local creators. Learn about social media and local newspapers and go for a visit. You will be surprised by the creativity of the brands and you are certain to have unique gifts while supporting young designers.
Some associations represent local brands and group them on a website with a small presentation of each of them. This is the case, for example, of Talento Local with Barcelona brands. Comunicraft is at the origin of the association.
For people initiated to upcycling, you can opt for this option. You can give a second life to objects that you own. You have several choices: transform clothes into other objects or offer these objects (in good condition of course) that you no longer use. It may be good quality clothes that you cannot wear anymore, books that you have read and worshiped, etc.
@all: how did you prepare your presents for this Christmas?