One of the
best things about giving green gifts is that the giver is twice
blessed. By giving a gift that helps support the environment you
encourage friends and loved ones to do the same!
a few ideas for the eco-friendly on your gift list this year,
as well as tips on what to give friends or loved ones who might
need a nudge into joining the worldwide green movement bandwagon:
food gifts - The only (and often easiest) way to go is by
shopping at a neighborhood green
market where gift baskets of fresh fruits, organic chocolate,
or locally baked quick breads make it to the stands, especially
around the holidays. If you're handy around the kitchen also
consider baking up something all natural to give as a heartfelt
personal gift they're sure to enjoy.
crafts - Buying local from earth-friendly craftspeople is
another time-honored tradition of green adherents. Much like
buying local foods, it allows givers to present a handmade gift
that hasn't been through the fuel-wasting "transport mill"
of shipping, warehousing and distribution. And the result is
something unique that the giftee will greatly appreciate.
that give back - Plant
a tree in their honor, make a donation in their name to
a popular environmental action group, or arrange a subscription
to a green magazine like Our Planet or Mlother Earth News.
Do they have a green thumb? Forget the bouquet and give them
a live houseplant they can can replant in their garden to enjoy for
years to come. For additional tips, also check out a review
of the the
best gifts for gardeners.
eco-friendly gifts - Even if the earth-friendly movement
has yet to hit home with friends or loved ones, you'll impress
them with gifts like solar powered radios, alarm clocks, or
other electronic gadgets that also help the environment. Giftees
will not only save the money on batteries and electricity, but
it will probably also become top favorites on their list of
"cool" possessions they can show off to friends and
up - For holidays or birthdays, take
the extra time to look for gift wrap, tags or cards made of
recycled paper. Better yet, find all those perfectly good gift
bags and ribbons you may have received to allow them one more
use before they eventually get recycled.
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