21 Days of Christmas

Get Christmas all sorted with 21 Days of cost saving top tips and inspirational ideas. From gifts to trees, wrapping and recipes, we’ve got you covered.

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One hamper will be given away each day from the 1st December 2021 and non-winning entries will be rolled over to the next day so there are 21 chances to win.

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    Good luck and wishing you a very Merry Christmas from the Recycle Devon team.

    #21DaysofChristmas cost saving top tips and inspirational ideas:

    1. Instead of buying new tree decorations, why not make your own? Making your own decorations can be a great activity to do with family and treasure for years to come.
    2. Donate or sell toys the kids have grown out of and give them another life! Find your nearest charity shop here.
      Recycling Centre reuse shops have an abundance of good quality used toys for resale. Also, try Facebook Marketplace, eBay or Preloved for selling or buying – you never know what you might find!
    3. Whether you’re cutting down on waste or simply don’t want to brave the shops this year, we’ve got a gift idea for everyone. Check out our homemade/zero waste gift page here.
    4. Don’t have a Christmas tree yet? How about bucking tradition and consider an alternative?
      If a traditional tree is more for you, check out our real vs fake tree article to help you make a more sustainable choice.
    5. Have your Christmas tree lights lost their sparkle? Has Santa started singing out of tune? Musical carousel come to a grinding halt? Visit your local Repair Café to get them fixed!
      If your electronic decorations can’t be fixed, anything with a plug, battery or cable can be recycled. Check out Recycle Your Electricals to find your nearest recycling point.
    6. It’s #ChristmasJumperDay on the 10th December! If you don’t have a Christmas jumper yet, look out for one in your local charity shop instead of buying new or try embellishing a jumper you already own.
    7. This year has been tough on the wallet for many. Now is the perfect time to have an honest chat with family or friends about not buying Christmas gifts for the sake of buying them.
      If this is a step too far why not organise a Secret Santa? Agree a budget, put the names of those taking part in a hat and draw one name to buy a gift for.
    8. In order to be recycled, Christmas cards must have no glitter or embellishments – check your council’s collections for more information.Alternatively, consider eCards or why not swap the same cards with your friends and family with updated messages each year?
    9. Wrapping presents are part of the Christmas tradition but can be a waste of paper and trees.
      Try an alternative, such as fabric wraps (why not wrap in a scarf as part of the gift too?) or reusing gift bags.
      Brown paper is fully recyclable across Devon and using string/ribbons instead of tape means that the paper can be reused.
    10. If you’re giving gifts this year, handmade gifts are the best. Find out how to make everything from plant growing gifts and flavoured olive oils to reusable make up wipes here.