How to pick the perfect eco friendly gift

When birthdays and other special occasions roll around, it's a time for family and friends to get together, enjoy the company, exchange stories – and exchange gifts.

At times, buying gifts can seem a little unnecessary, especially when the person you're buying for seems to already have everything they need. Plus, many gifts come wrapped in plastic packaging and are made from unrecyclable material, so although your gesture seems kind, it's not all that kind for the environment.

If you'd like to give a gift without feeling guilty about the environment, why not consider one of these eco friendly options?

A reusable coffee cup

Us Australians drink a whole lot of coffee – which equals a whole lot of disposable coffee cups sent to landfill. In fact, more than one billion cups are produced each year to keep up with our taste for caffeine!

If you know someone who just can't go without their morning espresso, a reusable coffee cup could be the perfect gift. They're stylish, so will fit in well at the workplace or home, and they're easily transported for people on the run. Add a bag of organic coffee beans or a voucher for the recipient's favourite cafe, and you'll have a very cute eco friendly present.

An experience

When the person you're buying for already has everything they need, buying another material possession seems pointless. An experience is a great eco friendly option, and it will also create memories for a lifetime. Ideas to consider are a horse riding trek, massage voucher, or cooking class course.

Plants for the garden

An addition for your family member or friend's garden is a perfect eco friendly gift idea. Personalise your choice to the person you're buying for – if they enjoy a refreshing drink with dinner, how about a lime tree? If they love fresh and sweet fruit, how about a strawberry plant? Experimental chefs could love a selection of herbs such as basil, rosemary and coriander. Wrap them up in recycled brown paper and add a cute homemade card. This is a gift that will keep on giving for years to come!