local, green gifting

green gifts that give back

green gift giving is about leaving a littler environmental footprint in a season where it's easy to get excessive. there are many ways to use your time and purchasing power to be environmentally and socially conscious.

many local companies have built green into the way they operate, and simple joys - making things from scratch, spending together time at home and outdoors, and less stress about ‘getting it done’ leave us open to a joyous rejuvenating holiday time.  

it's fun to have a secret Santa where everyone in the group picks a name from a hat.  it means one special person to focus on, and one great gift to source! 


vintage: quality vintage clothes last forever and it’s not hard to find something unique. if you have someone in your family with a penchant for retro, a gift from Model Citizens would be a great fit.  also check out

  • Charlottestreet Fashion: handmade clothing from recycled sweaters, right here in St. John’s.
  • Johnny Ruth: sourced ethically and they have an amazing selection.  friendly staff – a very fun place to shop.
  • Found Boutique: love local, love Gucci, and love a great deal? you’ll find what you love at Found.
  • Neighbourhood: the gift that keeps on giving. Neighbourhood is a family friendly, inclusive and affordable donations-based thrift shop. they are a social enterprise of Choices for Youth.

food & drink

  • food is festive!  a taste of here is always appreciated, and food that's made here doesn't have to be shipped in.
  • Newfoundland Chocolate Company is a great place to start, with delicious chocolates filled with local berries.
  • another sought-after option is Newfoundland Distillery Co. with their selection of locally distilled spirits has something for everyone and they do great sampler packs made for gifting. 
  • Wild Mother Provisions offers a beer vinegar that livens up everything and you can bring back the bottle for  refill.
  • you can't go wrong with Five Brothers cheese or a jar of jam from The Jam Lady - and the receiver can keep on using the mason jar!  
  • everyone enjoys a tin of sweets. Food for Thought has a great selection in re-usable tins.
  • try your hand at homemade pickles, chutney, relish, or jam.  this is a special gift,especially if you make it from produce you foraged or grew yourself. 
  • and on the topic of growing yourself - good2grow has the gear to keep you in greens all winter!

made here

locally-made goods can often mean a littler footprint. so think NL made when you're thinking green gift ideas! 

lots of great things are made right here - like the gorgeous skincare and cleaning produts at Tval, where your happy recipient can refill or return their container.  other times it’s made by you! 

supporting local goes a long way.  check 'NL made' in the categories of buy, eat or experience (to the left on laptop, below on mobile), or search Made in NL in the top search bar to find lots of options!

playlist - mix tape/cd

it’s always nice to receive a playlist/mix tape/CD, a personalized playlist of music, selected just for you. looking for some inspo? we've curated a playlist of local artists you'll love.  (make sure the artist is compensated for their work!)


eco-friendly cleaner

decanted diluted vinegar is a super practical gift…and a perfect option for those looking to avoid chemical cleaning products. hot tip - Jones Soda bottles are the right size and shape for many recycled plastic cleaner sprays. curious about cleaning with vinegar?  check out Mary Dut of Together we Shine give a tutorial on how to use vinegar as a cleaner on G2G Inside Scoop.

time well spent

a very nice thing is to give the gift of time spent together. take your bff to a concert, horseback ride, or on a trip!

why not check out the local theatre scene?  there's so much going on and there's definitely something for everyone. don't know where to start? head over to our theatre hub, 10 000 Seats, to find out what's on the go. 

the gift of giving

give communication - Read Our Lips is a social enterprise that teaches lip reading skills. this is the perfect gift to help someone you know with hearing loss feel connected, especially at holiday time with can lend to many triggering or difficult situations. Learn more about how to gift Read Our Lips here.

giving someone ‘the gift of giving’ is a great way to share holiday spirit… supporting a local organization in their name is a way to give, give, and give and benefit everyone!  check out the Choices for Youth Home for the Holidays campaign,  or seach 'accepts donations' in the main search bar on g2g!

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this article was originally published on thegreenrock.ca ~ Live Sustainably NL as written by Chloe Edbrooke. this 2019 version is updated with new links and info.