Sustainable Gifting Ideas for the Holiday Season

Christmas season is right around the corner. Exchanging gifts is a universal tradition many of us look forward to, across all ages and culture. However, many of us find ourselves with the gifting dilemma.

While gifting can be a beautiful act to show our appreciation to loved ones, it can also generate tons of waste, especially if the receiver finds the gift in the waste bin a few weeks or months later.

The sentiment and thought behind gifts are what counts during the festive season. However, putting extra thought to your gift can put more value and impact. Here at Zola Collective, we put an emphasis on sustainable gifting that minimizes negative impact on the planet, support artisans and small businesses, and give back to the community.

If you are looking for gifts for loved ones, friends, and family – look no further. We list ethically sourced, environmentally responsible, and vegan gifts that make a difference and show your loved ones you care.


For Travel Lovers

We all have that one friend whose itinerary we can’t seem to keep up – gallivanting across the world in exotic destinations. Or maybe you’re looking for a beautiful souvenir for that precious travel memory.

Our Big 5 Animal Charm Bracelet Set is a perfect memento infused with symbolism that accompanies each piece. Inspired by the magnificent African game animals which are becoming highly vulnerable due to prolific poaching, they are a perfect gift for cultured and well-travelled friends. They are also great for animal lovers and conservationists alike.

Moreover, these beautiful gold- and silver-plated charms are lead and nickel free. Oh, and did we mention that 5% of the profits are donated to the Mara Predator Conservation Programme? To learn more about the programme, click here.

Big 5 Animal Charms


For Guilty Pleasure Indulgences

Everyone indulges a little bit more this festive season. After all, tis the season to be jolly. But having a healthy Christmas does not have to mean forgoing all the lovely treats that we associate with this time of year. Indulgence, like most things, doesn’t have to be all or nothing.

Our Luxury Vegan Dark Chocolate gift set is the perfect combination of indulgent, decadent, and sustainable. All our artisan-craft chocolate bars are made from sustainably sourced, raw cocoa beans from the lush, rolling slopes of Central and Eastern African and handcrafted into chocolates in small batches, giving each bar a uniquely intense flavor.

Vegan Dark Chocolate

If you’re looking for something cold, look no further than our vegan dairy-free delicious ice cream pops. Choose from 13 unique flavours, nothing says festive season than our ice pops made from scratch using organic ingredients.

Vegan Ice Cream

Either share with friends or devour them all to yourself, these treats are perfect to satisfy that sweet tooth without breaking your diet.


For the Beauty Conscious

For those who deserve some pampering, our Natural Beauty Oils gift set is perfect to get for your hair and skin, giving you that glow from within. This gift set is composed of four natural oils: the glow oil, cleansing oil, hydrating oil, and deep repair oil – a beautiful way to give some indulgence, skin nourishment, and self-care.

Natural Oils Set 

If you’re in the mood for some variety, why not try our Self Care Hamper instead? This time of the year is truly the time to unwind, take a break, and focus on yourself.

In this hamper, you’ll get our Pure Shea Body Butter, Intricate Millifiore Hand Painted Wax Candle, Hydrating Oil, Deep Repair Oil, and a beautiful Sisal coloured basket, handwoven and beaded by women in Africa.

Self Care Hamper

Pair our natural oils with the MoTEAvation Set. Give a loved one some pick-me-upper with our environmentally conscious tea range that comes with a personalized note. The gift set includes a handcrafted wooden tea tray, clear glass teapot, Resurrection Bush Herbal Tea, and Hibiscus tea.

Our Resurrection Bush Herbal Tea is high in antioxidants, perfect to hydrate your system and help fight off premature aging and our Hibiscus Tea is an excellent source of minerals, vitamins, and organic acids.

 Moteavation Gift Set

And with that, Happy Sustainable Gift Giving!

This should keep you covered for the holiday, birthday, wedding, whatever you are needing for any season. We’re excited you and your giftee will be making an impact that extends beyond the day of celebration.

Happy holidays and thank you for supporting us and small businesses and giving gifts with a greater impact!

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