At this time of the year, I always put together several gift guides. I know from the comments that many of you find them helpful. So, this year, I will once again be writing several themed Christmas Gift articles. Given the fact that the problems of pollution and climate change have been in the news a lot recently, an eco-friendly gift ideas list seemed like a particularly good idea. I know that a lot of you are interested in doing your bit for the planet. Buying items that are made from wood that is grown in a sustainable way is a great way to do exactly that. As you will see, there is plenty of wooden gift choices. So, finding something that your friends and family will enjoy receiving and using is not going to be too difficult. For example, the Getting Personal Christmas gifts range includes dozens of beautiful wooden items that would make wonderful presents.
For the budding chef in your family, wooden cooking utensils, bowls, chopping and cheese boards can make nice gifts. I particularly like the ones that can have a personalised comment added to them.
Wooden stationery items
Pens that are made from wood look fantastic. They also feel nice when in the hand.
Gift boxes made from wood
If you are giving someone a special bottle of wine or spirits, why not go the extra step of putting it in a special wooden gift box? They look fantastic and provided you put some bubble wrap inside offer a high level of protection to what is, after all, a fragile item. Plus, the box can be kept and used. So, effectively you are giving that person two, not just one, present.
You can buy wooden gift boxes in a range of sizes and designs. So, potentially most presents can be made that extra bit special by being put into one. If you buy yours online, you will likely be able to have it engraved with a personalised message and image. Just be sure to order these items a few weeks in advance, to avoid disappointment.
Decorative items for the home
Wood looks beautiful and has the potential to fit in with virtually any style of home décor. So, it should not be hard to find items that will look great in the houses of your friends and family. You could choose something small and simple like a photo frame or coasters. Or, you could spend a bit more and buy something really special. For example, for a family who likes to spend a lot of time in the garden, a wooden bench could be ideal.
Kids love toys that are made from wood. They are far more tactile than things that are made from plastic, yet just as durable.
In the past, finding well made wooden toys was quite hard because they had largely gone out of fashion. This is no longer the case. More and more retailers are including them in their toy ranges. Plus, if you are good with your hands, you can easily make your own. There are tons of how to articles and videos available online, which show you how to make everything from a set of wooden blocks to a fire truck.