8 Low-Commitment, Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions
By: Monica Weintraub
Congratulations! You’ve decided to have an eco-friendly holiday this year. But what on earth does that even mean? And how can you honor the earth and everyone on your list?
If you’re new to BUHO, you might not know that every item on our site is either vegan, ethically made, fair-trade, vintage, locally-made in L.A. sustainable, or a combination. We’ve vetted each brand so that instead of embarking on a research project on sustainability, you can focus on finding the perfect gifts.
Before we get to the BUHO gems that will have everyone on your list remembering this holiday season for years to come, we have some tips that will help save your sanity. After all, a sustainable Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Winter Solstice celebration means more that just choosing to give consciously. It means taking care of yourself, too.
Gather your journal and pen, open Google Docs or Evernote, and let’s get real.
Take a few moments to reflect on your childhood holiday experiences. Ask yourself which traditions are essential and jot those down. Then decide what you’d be comfortable letting go of or modifying.
Now, write down every person you can think of — from your husband or girlfriend to the person who delivers your mail. Once you have list, ask yourself if this person would feel hurt if you didn't buy them a present this year. If they're always giving you things, gifts are likely one of their love languages, and you should put as much thought into picking their gift as they do into picking yours. But some of your loved ones might enjoy other things more than getting a package under the tree. After you've identified them, write down a few ideas of things they would like. For example, maybe your mom would rather have you host Christmas dinner at your house than another pair of earrings.
Next, put asterisks near the people that you could take off your list. Does your second cousin’s dog really need an elf sweater? By all means, if you want to buy Tilda another outfit, go for it. But if all these names are starting to freak you out, it's time to minimize.
Breathe in this simple truth: You don’t have to do anything, even if you’ve done it for years. You’ve decided to make this holiday sustainable, and stress isn’t. Jot down everything you can think of that would make the season more pleasant. Would you prefer to stay far away from the stores and do all your shopping online? Skip your work party this year? Be honest about what would make the the rest of November and December — well — joyful!
Yes, we know. Generosity knows no price. But if getting your credit card bill in January almost gives you a heart attack every year, it’s time to dial it back. Given the number of people you would like to buy gifts for, how much can you spend on each? Write that number next to each person’s name and stick to it. Debt isn’t sustainable. (To learn more about Klarna, which allows you to pay in interest-free installments on our site, click here.)
Remember: Memorable doesn’t have to cost much or even anything. If your budget is less ample than you’d like, consider making things for the people you love. Into plants? Take cuttings from your favorites! Enjoy baking? Perhaps some pastries are in order. Do what you love, and give it away. It's our favorite way to a sustainable holiday.
Without further ado, here are some eco-friendly options for everyone on your list. Whether you’ve got a budget of $10 or $500, these BUHO favorites are sure to bring smiles to your loved ones’ faces. Happy shopping!
When showing appreciation for a special woman, consider what’s important to her. Think about her interests, passions, dreams, and goals. Shop accordingly.
For the woman who carries her laptop everywhere:
July Backpack ($155)
For the woman who loves a layered necklace:
Arc Necklace $48
Wavy Coin Necklace $124
For the lady who likes to be in nature, even when the weather is less than friendly:
Chelz Rain Boots $125
For the athlete:
MATE Classic Jogger $128
When she’s just a little sexier than everyone else in the room:
For the fashionista:
Willa Coat $490
Baggu Fanny Pack $48
NEIL Belt $40
For the plant lady:
Because you always admire her earrings:
Mocu Earrings $42
When she loves a vintage find:
Any item from the vintage collection
For the classic gal who loves to get cozy:
The Cordoba Blanket $228
This gal always sets the mood with a scent:
When you’re her Secret Santa:
Tara Silver Ring $14
Show that amazing man you care by picking a thoughtful gift that he’ll love for years to come.
If you don’t buy him a new wallet, who will?
Chuck Wallet $35
When he cares about his skin more than you care about yours:
When he only wears tee shirts and jeans:
Heavy Bag Tee $45
Because he’d die for fashion:
Amaral Vest $192
When he loves a good boot:
For the man who needs a closet for his sneaker collection:
Liquid High Top $185
When he’s a classic man:
Novo Sweater $190
Because his beard is a work of art:
For the world-traveler:
When he only shops at thrift stores:
Any item from the vintage collection
When you’re his Secret Santa:
Palm Warf Beanie $27
Teach the younger generation about sustainability by giving them a beautiful outfit or toy that's fit to be an heirloom.
For the little ones:
Annicke Mouse $68
Max Raccoon $54
For the older ones:
Goodtimes Beanie $25