It’s the holiday season and it’s typically a time of excesses. Excess food, gifts, and everything in between. But I believe there is a way to enjoy the holiday season and still be eco-friendly. Here are some of my ideas below.
Give handmade gifts.
You’ll save money plus impress the giftee with your DIY skills and the time you spent making the gift. Some easy DIY gifts: scented bath salts, body cream, beeswax candles.
Give gifts that people will actually use.
Toys are fine and dandy for kids. But how about a toy that makes the child think, or learn? Gift ideas for other people in your life: eco-friendly liquid hand soap for the avid cook, a shaving kit for guys, and body lotion for the cosmetics maven.
Wrap gifts in reusable fabric or use gift bags.
I’ve never seen anyone I know throw out a perfectly good gift bag. Those will get reused whereas wrapping paper just gets scrapped and sometimes doesn’t even make it into the recycling bin.
Give experiences or gift cards.
Experiences can be great gifts. Some examples: a massage therapist that will come to your house, a couple’s weekend at a cozy inn, archery lessons, or race car driving simulations. On the other hand, if you don’t know the person too well I would say a gift card to the movie theatre, a restaurant, or something generic is perfectly acceptable.
But most importantly…
Don’t forget to give yourself a gift during the holidays as well! Here are some gift ideas perfect not just for the holidays but any time of the year: the gift of time just to be and not do, the gift of space to take a breath and relax, and the gift of self-care to soothe your nerves if you’re stressed out.