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Lifestyle Sustainability

10 Non-Material Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is soon approaching, and you’ve probably started thinking about what you’re going to get people this year. And we all know that the holiday season can be filled unnecessary consumerism, so why not give the gift of experience instead?

Not only do these non-material gift ideas reduce clutter, but they can also give people lifelong experiences that can’t be bought in a store. So let’s check out some ideas!

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Classes or Lessons

Give the gift of learning with an all expenses paid class or lesson. This could be music lessons, an art class, a coding class, and much more.


Online Courses

Take the learning online, and give the gift of digital learning like from Udemy or Skillshare.


Tickets or Passes

Gift a yearly pass to a local attraction like a museum, art gallery, or animal sanctuary. Or get tickets to see a concert, play, or orchestra.


Share an Experience

Pay for an experience that you both can share like a day at the spa, or even a weekend trip away.

Subscription Service

Get them a year of Spotify, Netflix, or another service they use. Or opt for something more material like Cause Box, a subscription box for conscious products.

Find out the best ethical subscription boxes of 2020.


Donation in Their Name

Some ideas can include “adopting” an animal, like at the World Wildlife Fund or the National Wildlife Foundation. Or donating to an organization in their name.


Food or Drinks

Get them something consumable. Maybe fancy chocolates or an expensive wine?


A Home Cooked Meal

Take the fancy dinner date home, and offer to cook a multiple course meal just like how it’s done at their favorite restaurant.

A Plant

For your loved one with a green thumb, give them a gift of a houseplant to add to their home. Or for something more low-maintenance, pick up a bouquet of flowers instead.


Digital Christmas Card

Send virtual holiday wishes with an online card. Some places that make Ecards are: Paperless Post, Smilebox and Jacquie Lawson.


A Final Note

Give the gift of experience, and opt for a non-material present this year. Which gift on this list is your favorite? Anything you’d like to add? Share in the comments below!

More Gift Ideas: Etsy Christmas Gift Guide for Vegans

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