The winter holiday season is the perfect time to show your friends and family you care about them. With a little imagination, you can look after every person on your list and still protect the environment.
Here are a few gift giving ideas to help brighten their holiday and care for the earth at the same time.
Visit a farmers’ market or craft fair
Whether it’s fresh baking or local handicrafts, you can find many items that make wonderful presents, made right in your area. Plus, local products don’t contribute to greenhouse gas emissions by having to travel great distances, and they support your local economy.
For those who you want to really spoil, consider a subscription to a weekly food box from a local organic farm.
Give a gift that gives to others
For those on your list who don’t need (or want) anything, give a donation in the person’s (or family’s) name to a charity that matches their interest. For pet lovers, donate to the local animal shelter; for a teacher, donate to a charity that provides school lunches. There are many local charities you can help support.