Hassle-free “Green” Gift Ideas for Christmas

If you cherish Christmas gift giving, minus the hassle and wastefulness, think green gift.

You can avoid the mad rush of holiday deals and crowds, or online shipping costs by shopping early, staying local, and keeping it green!

Recycled Books

There is something charming about a used book as a gift.

Consider it a proper re-gift. A few years ago my sister included her copy of “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin with a note about how much she enjoyed it. It was perfect.

Do-It-Yourself

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There are countless creative DIY projects!

Family History: In my family, one of my sisters interviewed our father on the Sicilian side of his family. She recorded the educative history and made audio CDs for everyone.

Personalized PJ’s: My other sister cleverly personalized cotton pajama bottoms with puffy paint. She painted a cute Christmas tree, along with my nickname in cursive, on the shorts.

Creative Jar & Tin Gifts: Other DIY presents might be making an eco-friendly soy candle, or planting herbs or English ivy in an old-fashioned coffee tin.

Homemade: Baked Christmas cookies can be nice neighbor gifts, or perhaps making ornaments or a trivet out of wine bottle corks.

Services: Consider offering your services, depending on your skills. A day of dog walking, childcare, or cooking lessons are likely to be very helpful. There are many examples online for personalized coupon books.

Farmers’ Markets

Farmers’ markets offer healthful and creative gift ideas, not to mention they are great for supporting small farms and businesses.

I’m fortunate to live just a block from such a market. The Christmas gifts I have scouted out include hip fabric totes, organic cooking oils, beeswax beauty products, “Bear Cub” granola, and organic dog treats.

Charitable Christmas Gifts

Many charities offer tribute donations in the name of a loved one, which could be a nice gift solution for the person who “already has everything.”

Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM) provides cost-efficient, innovative wheelchairs to people in the developing world. FWM will mail an Honor Card when you donate a wheelchair in your gift recipient’s name.

Other reputable groups, such as Direct Relief, ASPCA, World Wildlife Federation, and Polar Bears International also offer honorary gift options when you make a donation.

Compassion International and Save the Children, provide honor cards, along with global child sponsorship programs.

Arbor Day Foundation has “Give-A-Tree Cards.” You can make a donation to plant your purchased tree in a loved one’s name. The card will be sent to you to sign personally and deliver.

(Important – If you are not familiar with a charity, be sure to research it before you make a donation. I recommend using CharityNavigator.org and Give.org.)

Hopefully, these green gift ideas will resonate for a blissfully green and hassle-free Christmas!

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