Having always enjoyed creating my own gifts it's now a tradition to hand-make a Christmas craft for friends. Gifts like this are more personal, certainly cheaper and involve less packaging - and an enjoyable way to spend a winter evening. Using collected, upcycled or natural materials, but even if creativity fails in this regard, something small, postable and made with love is preferable to an impersonal token with a big carbon footprint.
Handcrafted gifts can be given for any occasion and I'm always looking for ideas for things to make with families at events, so do share any with me Becca Badger on Facebook. On next year's list are paper beads.
If you are not into making your own buy wildlife-related gifts from our online shop, or come to our visitors centre at the Nene Wetlands, and support the Wildlife Trust BCN in the process, or consider a gift membership. There are some other ideas on a more sustainable Christmas on our website.