‘Tis the season to be merry: the gift of sustainable giving
Giving gifts, when you get it right, is a joy. When you’ve bought a present that makes you happy as well as makes the recipient happy, you know you’ve nailed it.
But if you’re anything like us, you probably find it a bit of a struggle every year to square the circle of buying interesting and meaningful presents and remaining sustainable and ethical.
After the madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we’re a little sick of false bargains and gimmicky marketing tricks as we are. And from some of the comments and emails we’ve received recently, we know we’re not alone.
So these are our tips for buying gifts that paddleboarders will love, without buying yourself a guilty conscience.
Experience gifts and memories that last
Study after study, and personal experience have shown that the best types of Christmas present are experiences rather than things: you remember and talk about experiences for years, but things lose their value quickly as the next best thing becomes available. And if you don’t to buy an experience (maybe you’re worried about that useless loved one forgetting about the voucher, and it expiring – been there, done that!), the next best thing you can do is to buy thing that helps them get out there and make their own experiences!
Check out our long read on the 5 psychological reasons why experiences are the best gifts. If you’re not convinced, this article will convince you!
Buy from a small company
Buying from a small company sometimes takes a bit more effort, or planning, than buying from amazon, or ebay for example. But it is so much more rewarding. Often, the personal customer service you get is way better than anything offered by a nameless, faceless multi-national. And the products are often much better as well.
And finally, buy ethical
At McConks we pride ourselves on being as sustainable and ethical as we can be – whether that be low impact manufacture, or organic and fairwear clothing. And that’s why you can buy with confidence from us, guilt free. If you’re interested, you can find out more about our ethical principles here, or you can read about what we do to give something back through our Go Inspire initiative here.
Gifts under £50
Winter wonderland special: Hat and polarised sunglasses combo | Only £50 – up to 45% offSale!
£90.00Add to basket
Ladies organic SUP adventurer hoodie£33.00 Select options
McConks ladies Adventure ready gradient£20.00 Select options
McConks Adventure Ready hoodie£30.00 Select options
Freshwater wooden polarised sunglasses | Mirror Ice BlueSale!
£65.00Freshwater West - an inspiring backdrop to surf. Pale yellow dunes, dark shadows and bright sunlight. And ice blue waters. The inspiration for these sunnies. Layered wood frame | 100% UV Protection | Mirror Ice Blue polarised lenses | Sprung armsAdd to basket
Inflatable SUP board electric pump adaptor£15.00Fits all major inflatable SUP brands, not just our own McConks SUP, including:View More
- Red Paddle Co
- JP Australia
SUP River fin comboSale!
McConks corkscrew bobble hatSale!
McConks 10litre dry bagSale!
£30.0010l internal volume dry bag. With removable rucksack straps and front handle. And with the customary McConks quality and value.View More
McConks 20litre dry bagSale!
£40.0020l internal volume dry bag. With removable rucksack straps and front handle. And with the customary McConks quality and value.View More
Gifts over £50
GRI HP6 pump – preorder for Spring 2019£50.00 – £85.00 Select options
20 PSI eCheat electric SUP pump | £115 inc delivery£115.00Fed up feeling like you've done a workout before you hit the water? Our market leading eCheat 12v SUP pump makes your paddle so much easier. With a fast two-stage high volume high pressure auto switch mechanism our eCheat pump effortly inflates your inflatable SUP to 20PSI. Connects to car battery or cigarette lighter. Free delivery within 48 hours.View More