gluten-free gingerbread cookie getting decorated with royal icing

Zero Waste Christmas Decorations & Gift Ideas

Bring a little joy to your world with beautiful, sustainable and waste-free gifts and decorations. We’ll show you how in this article, so you can celebrate a more sustainable holiday with your loved ones.

Zero Waste Christmas Décor

Real mistletoe. Handmade ornaments. Decorations made from wood and fabric. Just imagine how beautiful your home will look! These do-it-yourself options will keep the planet happy, and your occasion filled with holiday bliss.

When you’re ready to get started, these zero-waste tips and tricks from Florida Crystals® are sure to make your season very merry indeed.

Edible Decorations 

If you’re looking to bake up a little holiday happiness, then edible decorations are a must. Display bowls of truffles in your entryway, create one-of-a-kind centerpieces with meringue cookies, or showcase trays of fudge on side tables. The opportunities are endless. But no matter what you decide to make, you’ll brighten your home with beautiful, sustainable and delicious decorations that you can feel great about. You can also rely on food-related materials like orange peels, popcorn strings and other natural devices to achieve a clean and contemporary look.

meringue cookies with cream cheese frosting staked in a tower

Bring In The Nature Around You

Gathering evergreens, pinecones, birch logs, and other natural decorations makes for a fantastic way to spruce up your home. While these natural decorations look great on their own, don’t be afraid to get a little creative with them. One wonderful and cheerful decoration is a rosemary jar. Just put some water in a mason jar, add a few rosemary stalks with cranberries and a candle, and ta-da! You’ve created a delightful winter decoration that your guests will love.

Rely On Second-Hand Christmas Decorations

You’ll be amazed by the holiday treasures you can find in second-hand stores. Vintage items like platters, bowls and ribbons can complement your décor, while eccentric decorations like olden toys and ornaments can really add some flair to the season. Simply visit your local thrift store, or head online to find items that can be reused and recycled.

Include Reusable & Fabric Decorations

Fabric decorations work wonderfully because they can be used year after year. Fabric table runners, tablecloths, and napkins can be washed and reused rather than used once and thrown out. Fabulous napkins and tablecloths that will make your holiday setting shine can also be easily sourced through online retailers.

Zero Waste Christmas Gifts 

Now that you know how to decorate your home for the season, it’s time to talk about everyone’s favorite part of the holiday, the gifts! The bows and wrapping paper can also be sustainable, and these tips can help you prepare beautiful presents that are both fabulous and eco-friendly.

Homemade Holiday Treats For Everyone On Your List 

Giving the gift of homemade goodness is something everyone will enjoy this season. From glass boxes containing our Homemade Gingerbread Truffles to reusable containers with our Halva, here are some delicious, zero-waste gift ideas that will be well-received by your holiday guests.

three pieces of stacked halva

Wrap Your Presents with Ingenuity

Before you give your gifts, you’ll need to wrap them. T-shirts, old magazines, and newspapers work wonderfully for sustainable wrapping paper, while wooden boxes and metal tins can be better for edible or fragile gifts. Simply take a look around your home and see what you have on hand.

Gift Homemade Gifts

Whether it’s DIY cookie-making kits with gingerbread cookies or make-it-yourself cupcakes with vegan frosting in silicone piping bags, coming up with fun and creative zero-waste gift ideas is easy. Plus, crafting gifts with your loved ones can be a fun and rewarding activity that is a gift in itself.

vegan frosting in a cupcake liner

Give the Gift of Homegrown 

These gifts will enable friends & family to plant Earth-friendly flowers, herbs, and shrubs, which are great for garnishing Florida Crystals® cakes. Just make sure that the plants that you pick out as gifts suit the person receiving them. Some plants require more of a green thumb to maintain than others.

With the help of Florida Crystals®, making Christmas sustainable will be easy as pie. We can’t thank you enough for doing your part to make the world a better place. From everyone here at Florida Crystals®, Happy Holidays.