A Christmas gift guide for nature lovers
The Christmas countdown is on, and it’s becoming increasingly stressful for anyone who still doesn’t have those last few gifts! If you need a gift idea for a loved one this Christmas (or at any time) and you know that they love nature, consider one of these thoughtful and wonderful presents.
A conservation donation
Need a gift for someone who literally has it all? If they love nature and the idea of conserving it, a donation may be a simple and beautiful gift.
The Department of Conservation offers list of various organisations that are always in need of donations, so giving on behalf of someone else will always be extremely appreaciated, and you can guarantee that the money will go to good use. Oxfam Unwrapped also offer a number of heartwarming ‘unwrapped’ gifts, such as farms, animals, and water that you can ‘give’ to your loved one.
A Habitat Tours tour
They say that buying experiences can be an even more rewarding feeling than buying material things, and we certainly think that’s true on any one of our day tours from Auckland.
We could take you and your loved one on a tour of the lush Waitakere Ranges or out to see the conservation area at Tawharanui. If you opt for a night-time tour of Tawharanui, you might even get the chance to see a real kiwi in the wild – something even many New Zealanders will never experience.
Environmentally friendly jewellery
Jewellery is a very common and much-loved gift every year – and it’s no secret those tiny boxes under the Christmas tree are some of the most exciting ones!
If you’re looking to give jewellery as a gift this year, but want something a bit different, consider an environmentally friendly supplier such as EcoWool. Their beautiful collection of paua jewellery is created only from paua shells that wash up on shore, and are not dyed or enhanced in any way other than a perfect polish.
The Nature Guide to the New Zealand Forest
This book is a beautiful, informative and fascinating encyclopedia of New Zealand’s backyard. With exquisite photography and detailed explanations, authors Rob Lucas and John Dawson have created the ultimate gift for anyone who wants to learn a little (or a lot) more about the flora and fauna of this magnificent country. You’ll find it in most online book retailers and many brick-and-mortar book stores.
A native New Zealand plant or tree
Provided your loved one has a healthy backyard area, you could give them a slice of something wonderful with their own native plant or tree. You may need to talk to your local garden centre professionals to ask about which species will thrive best in your geographical area, but a few ideas could include anything from the bright and fun kowhai tree, to a pohutukawa, or even a towering kauri tree.
This gift makes for a wonderful Christmas present as it will continue to grow, so you can watch it as it flowers and thrives year after year!
Tristan Cullen - Passionate Conservationist