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Imperfect’s Zero-Waste Gift Guide

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The pursuit of perfection can make the holidays stressful, so we’re here to help check one thing off your list with our zero-waste gift guide. Making small changes during the holidays, like giving low-waste gifts, using less wrapping paper, and thinking twice before you throw out that slightly burnt pie, might feel minor but every action helps us get closer to a less wasteful world. We have ideas and inspiration for every budget, so whether you want to go full DIY or pick up some fancy finds, we’ve got a zero-waste idea for you.  

Home, sweet-smelling home

Easy DIY upcycled coffee candles

DIY Easy Upcycled Coffee Candles

The perfect present for that person who loves coffee so much they can tell where the beans are from just by smelling it. These coffee candles make for a unique and comforting gift that also helps reduce the amount of spent coffee grounds sent to landfills.

Good tidyings from Blueland

Blueland is on a mission to eliminate single-use plastic packaging from everyday products, starting at home. Right now, their classic Clean Suite is 20% off and comes with a lineup of eco-friendly cleaning products, a free holiday tin, and holiday hand soap refills. 

Reusable Food Wrap

Easy Homemade Beeswax Wraps

Plastic wrap who? These easy (and dare we say stylish) beeswax wraps are a great way to help your friends and family cut down on the amount of single-use plastics they use.

Oona Sponge in our zero-waste gift guide

Oona Sponge

Each sponge saves roughly 15 rolls of paper towels! These colorful sponges somehow make cleaning feel fun so grab a pack of special holiday edition sponges at Imperfect for your messy friend. 

Rosemary Orange All-Purpose Cleaning Spray in our zero-waste gift guide

DIY Rosemary Orange All-Purpose Spray

You never again have to wonder, “what’s in this stuff?” or “is it ok that I’m spraying it all over my house?” Give the gift of peace of mind with this cleaning spray that smells like a holiday miracle and is made with ingredients you can see and probably already have. 

Decorations

cinnamon stick snowflake ornaments in our zero-waste gift guide

Cinnamon Stick Snowflake Ornaments

We all have that friend who has their home fully decked out at the first sign of wintry weather. You can help them decorate without the packaging waste this year with these zero-waste cinnamon stick ornaments.

gingerbread cardboard ornaments

Cardboard Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments

A great gift for cookie lovers or folks who prefer homemade gifts, these ornaments are a fun way to reuse your Imperfect box and double as an art project the whole family can put their creative flair into. 

Homemade holiday decorations in our zero-waste gift guide

Rustic Dried Orange and Bayleaf Door Hanging

Give the gift of a great smelling house. This classic decorative door hanging is a fun and fragrant way to combine common ingredients like bay leaves and dried citrus into something unexpected and charming. 

For the chef

Fancy fish from Fishwife

Gift your favorite foodie artisanal tinned fish from Fishwife. This woman-owned company sources only premium, sustainable seafood and works with microcanneries to make their gorgeous tins. 

brightland holiday olive oil in our zero-waste gift guide

A bottle of Brightland 

Brightland carefully sources their olives from a family-run California farm, then crafts them into custom-blended oils. Their matte-finished bottles are also so beautiful they can be turned into a decorative vase or container after all the oil is gone.

Hedley & Bennett aprons

Aprons are back, baby, so grab one of these for the person in your life who embraced their inner chef during the pandemic. H&B also makes finding the perfect fit easy with their apron quiz.

Wrap thoughtfully

Zero-Waste Gift Guide wrapping with Imperfect's foil liner

One of the more obvious sources of waste around the holidays is wrapping paper, so start by thinking outside the box. Try wrapping a present in newspaper or the silver liners in your Imperfect delivery. Use reusable totes to cut out the waste entirely – and the totes themselves become a bonus gift! You can also focus on gifts that don’t need wrapping paper, like homemade baked goods or experiential gifts like classes or lessons, special meals, or festive beverages to share.

No matter how you celebrate, we hope this zero-waste gift guide gives inspires you to waste a little less this holiday. While there’s no perfect way to celebrate or give a gift, there are a million delightfully imperfect ways to make the holidays your own. Cheers to a less wasteful and more memorable holiday season!

20 Comments

  • Kristin Rothrock
    December 1, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    When my oldest was 4, I stopped wrapping the presents from Santa. When she asked, I told her that Santa knew how much mommy like recycling and not wasting anything so he probably didn’t wrap the presents for me. She said that made sense. Never wrapped again. Now they get their gifts in gift bags that I reuse every year.

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    • Imperfect
      December 2, 2021 at 9:34 am

      Teaching sustainability from an early age is amazing! We’re sure that’s something they’ll pass down one day too if they decide to ever have children of their own as well. 💚💚💚

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      • Cherie Price
        January 7, 2022 at 8:25 pm

        When my kiddos were young, we wrapped with newspaper and twine “from Santa”. Mix those gifts in with the unwrapped trucks, dolls etc which were placed artistically under and around the tree. We saved a ton of money ( so we could buy more toys!!)

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        • Imperfect
          January 8, 2022 at 2:36 pm

          So many beautiful, sustainable memories! 💚

          Reply
  • Shannon
    December 2, 2021 at 2:34 am

    How come I have been charged yet haven’t received any of my weekly orders

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    • Imperfect
      December 2, 2021 at 11:53 am

      Oh no, we’re sorry to hear about this mixup. If this is your first order, how our billing works is that the funds for your purchase will be frozen on your card as soon as your customization window ends, but the charge won’t be finalized until the day after your delivery. You can click this link to read more about how our billing works [bit.ly/2xe4b2l].

      If this isn’t your first box, and you’ve been charged without receiving any orders, please get in touch with our customer care team right away so we can help and get this resolved with you: bit.ly/385DIoA 💚

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      • Kristina Williams
        December 5, 2021 at 2:47 pm

        I was charged $92.58 on November 26th, but then I cancelled my account and have not recieved a refund for the $92.58.

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        • Imperfect
          December 6, 2021 at 9:57 am

          Please get in contact with our team by clicking here [bit.ly/385DIoA] so we can help get this resolved with you.

          Reply
  • Laura Ludovici
    December 2, 2021 at 10:34 am

    My mother never wrapped the Santa gifts either…back in the 60’s and 70’s, many moons ago! She said that Santa didn’t have the time for wrapping gifts. Great idea. I have to let my daughter know this for my granddaughter’s Santa gifts!!! Thanks for the memory.

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    • Imperfect
      December 2, 2021 at 12:04 pm

      So nostalgic and fun 🥰✨

      Reply
  • Shelli Tabor
    December 2, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    My mother in law made personalized Santa bags for her kids. Then we re- purposed the big bags for our daughters which were set out with the milk and cookies for Santa. He filled them with unwrapped gifts then tied them securely at the top.

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    • Imperfect
      December 6, 2021 at 9:54 am

      Love this so much! That’s so sweet 💚

      Reply
  • WayeAnn Hynek
    December 3, 2021 at 10:19 am

    I have an idea that I’ve used before to gift someone cookies. I’ve used the plastic boxes that berries or spinach come in. I put some type of liner in the bottom if there are air holes and then decorated the top with a section of Christmas card that I got from previous years.

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    • Imperfect
      December 7, 2021 at 10:54 am

      This is such a great and cute idea! 💚💚💚

      Reply
  • Paula L Fritsche
    December 10, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Yes do you deliver to Alaska and do you work with food allergies, blueberries and dairy, plus city’s, and shellfish. I can do limited dairy. And I drink Soy milk.

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    • Imperfect
      December 29, 2021 at 8:37 am

      Definitely sign up on our website and we’ll let you know if we’re in your zip code yet. If we’re not there yet, don’t fret – we’re working on expanding as quickly and sustainably as possible 💚

      Reply
  • Cherie Price
    January 7, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Is it just produce that’s imperfect? Looking at your pictures, it appears that everything else is factory wrapped or bottled.

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    • Imperfect Foods
      January 12, 2022 at 3:50 pm

      Not at all! Lots of our packaged products coke from foods with imperfections as well, such as surplus, cosmetic appearance, or others.

      Reply
  • Harriet L. Buehrer
    January 10, 2022 at 12:24 pm

    I can’t find the page where I can leave a request to cancel next week’s delivery. There is only. me to eat all this fresh veggies and fruit. I need time to catch up. Please Cancel Monday’s delivery next week. Thank you.

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    • Imperfect
      January 11, 2022 at 9:17 am

      We’d love to help! If you haven’t already, please send a note to [bit.ly/2FYqBdx] so we can make things right 💚

      Reply

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