Looking for Sustainable Gift Ideas for the Holidays?

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During the holiday season, which is full of festivities of all kinds, let’s keep our relationship to the earth in mind. There are so many legitimate options nowadays to go green; everything from buying live Christmas trees we can later plant, to choosing biodegradable, compostable, or even edible dinnerware to serve our holiday party treats on. No matter the ilk of your holiday celebration, if it involves gift giving, use your imagination. There are many options for purchasing or creating unique, sustainable gifts that won’t end up in a landfill.

The Gift of Your Time

If you don’t have a lot of buying power, or you just don’t feel like contributing to the rampant consumerism that has coopted the spirit of the holidays, consider giving the gift of your time. Create festive coupons for your time, be it an hour, a day, or a weekend. The time can be spent supporting a charity, helping with a household project or any other imaginative way you, or the receiver, chooses.

Support a Cause

Consider gifts that directly support a cause you believe in. Purchase gift memberships to organizations that are dedicated to preserving and protecting the environment, wildlife, or another cause that you and your family and friends want to endorse. Many of these organizations have online gift catalogs with products and unique options, such as adopting an endangered species animal in someone’s name.

Experiential Gifts

For friends and family who don’t want to accumulate more stuff, think about providing them with an experience they would enjoy. Holistic treatments such as massage, acupuncture and chiropractic help loved ones with self-care. Movement classes such as dance, Nia, Pilates and rock climbing are popular options. How about a cooking class, throwing pottery, or painting together? Instead of just purchasing a bottle of wine as a gift, consider giving the experience of a wine tasting. For family and friends that want to be active perhaps kayak school or sailing lessons.

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