I’ve gotten into the habit of including a useful basket when gifting instead of purchasing the common gift bag/tissue paper combo. Most people just throw the wrapping away without skipping a beat and I hate the thought of a perfectly good bag ending up in a landfill instead of being reused. With the exception of a few slip ups, I have managed to reuse most of the bags, boxes, bows, tissue paper, etc. my family receives from gifts. The 3 main benefits of reusing these items are less waste (win for the environment), less money spent (win for your wallet) and the convenience of not having to go fetch these last minute items on top of the gift (win for your time).
This is one of the first gift BASKETS I created and it focused on zero waste & conscious living. All the items shown were found at TJ Max and Marshalls here on the East Coast. I used a cotton bath towel to play the role as tissue paper and kept the theme going with some other bathroom/spa essentials. You can do the same thing perhaps with a bathrobe instead, or a bunch of hand/face towels. The options are endless! You can never go wrong with a candle and I was lucky enough to score an amazing vegan soy wax one along with bamboo toothbrushes, reusable face towels/pads and a container to hold said pads. Some items not pictured that were also added to the basket include a shampoo bar with a soap saver baggie and some knitted reusable cotton pads.
I had a blast creating this basket and it felt good knowing the items play a beneficial role in improving our planet and health all around. I intend to incorporate more conscious living items whenever possible as gifts to my loved ones and clients!