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How Will You Make Your Holidays Green?


Here's How You Are Making Your Holidays Green
  • Toby Warren

    Wrap gifts in home made cloth bags.

    posted on 2013-01-13 18:26:41

  • Stepsinstilettos

    I am ordering everything from online and "green" websites only! Everyone will receive their gift in a reusable gift bag, without a card.

    posted on 2012-12-09 23:36:40

  • meg franz

    with 3 small kids - it's easy to get wrapped up in gift giving.. (no pun intended) - but I try to buy the bulk of their gifts at consignment stores, thrift stores and from others on sites like craigslist. I also do a holiday toy swap - and exchange good condition toys/books with other parents. It's a great way to recycle. We also try to wrap with newspaper or make our our own wrapping paper. For adults, I always make gifts - last year it was cookie dough (dry ingredients) in a reusable mason jar.

    posted on 2012-11-28 10:55:05

  • Vonda Sprankle

    I will be buying a Christmas Tree that can be planted after the holidays, I will decorate it with sand dollars from the beach that I have collected topping it off with a star fish! I am making my gifts this year, some are cups and mugs with homemade gourmet coffee and cocoa in them, some are relaxation baskets with homemade soaps and bath salts, some are Movie baskets, Game night baskets, decorated flower pots with seeds in them, and some are trays, canisters, and boxes of baked goods

    posted on 2012-11-27 15:24:54

  • Carrie

    My 6 year-old son came up with a story line about traveling to the North Pole. Then both my 4 and 6 year-olds made the pages in a 8x8 photo album for both of their grandmothers. They wrote, painted, colored, drew and taped the pictures together. The last page spread is a photo of each of the boys next to their traced hands. They are so proud of the "books" they have read them several times - I just hope they can keep it a secret!

    posted on 2012-11-26 13:00:27

  • Megan

    I am making sure all my gifts are purchased from small businesses and eco-concious companies! My favorite at the moment are Meyers, Nature's Own, skinnyskinny, and Erbaviva!

    posted on 2012-11-25 15:33:24

  • Trevor

    I will be making my holidays green this year by using newspaper to wrap my presents for family and friends. #greenheadlines

    posted on 2012-11-19 09:55:37

  • Amy G

    I'll reuse wrapping paper

    posted on 2012-10-10 12:40:05

  • Coldalcorgo

    Needed this, Thanks.

    posted on 2012-07-25 20:54:10

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    posted on 2012-03-27 03:07:15

  • Lorraine S

    I reuse the front of last years Christmas Cards as postcards this year, write my own personal notes, saves on postage too. Gifts I do buy, except for grandchildren are generally consumables like food, who won't use that!

    posted on 2011-12-22 11:45:10

  • Yusuf

    Since I am 80% physically challenged as my right leg was amputated due to gangrene...I lead a retired life,around my residence we have a big open space, which until now was lying useless except for a few small plants...I would like to procure help from you'll to grow some vegetables and fruits in this vacant place for my grandchildrens... I WOULD LIKE TO BE AN EXAMPLE TO ALL THOSE SMOKERS...TO STOP SMOKING AS NOT ONLY IS THE ATMOSPHERE POLLUTED BUT ALSO MAKE PASSIVE SMOKERS PRONE TO THE DISEASES OF THE HEART AND VASCULAR PROBLEMS INCLUDING DIABETES... REGARDS TO ONE AND ALL AND A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR TOWARDS A GREEN AND HEALTHY EARTH...I REMEMBER A SONG BY BONEY-M : DON'T KILL THE WORLD...THATS ALL WE HAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    posted on 2011-12-08 11:26:40

  • Angela

    I will be using newspaper instead of wrapping paper!

    posted on 2011-12-07 23:46:18

  • Angela Hansen

    Awesome idea! I'm regifting some things and already donated to charities! And will be doing more! Support Humane Societies food cuboards,local small businesses buy thrift shops! These proceeds usually help local charities! And give Blood at ur local Red Cross a gift of life!:) Merry Christmas! GOD BLESS us one and all!

    posted on 2011-12-03 10:04:32

  • Justine

    Handmade soaps! I wrap them in scrap fabric to match the scents! using only vegetable glycerin or hemp base from brambleberry.com. check it out! everybody needs soap.

    posted on 2011-12-02 20:25:48

  • conan

    buy vintage...and donate my change to a animal shelter

    posted on 2011-12-02 19:38:16

  • Clancy Harrison MS, RD, LDN

    I shop in my friend's basement for used and unwanted toys! No packaging waste/one last thing to put in the landfill b/c I did not buy it new/teaching my children to respect the earth and reduce consumerism. I am so passionate about this that I am starting a FB page (did today).....www.facebook.com/pages/Love-Used-Toys/146459178792741 I would love green blogging people to be admins on it. The more the better! It will be a place to post, share, encourage and empower parents to give the gift of mother earth and not new toys. I hope you like and will be interested???

    posted on 2011-12-01 17:11:58

  • edie ugalde

    I will purchase recycled gift wrap this year n give a plant to some this holiday......... :)

    posted on 2011-12-01 15:16:16

  • dana kenner

    pleasant and joyful in blessing for the holiday's with family in friends?

    posted on 2011-11-30 15:06:30

  • dana kenner

    I will love to celebrate the holiday peacefully and amazing this year...

    posted on 2011-11-30 15:03:37

  • Jein.Noir.

    I'm only buying items with a practical use. They must be secondhand, organic, fair trade, naturally dyed, undyed, non-plastic, or some combination of those. I'm doing most of my shopping online, or in local thrift/antique stores. The boxes/bags will also be natural or secondhand and reusable after the holidays.

    posted on 2011-11-28 21:51:39

  • monica

    I will make it green. By not using lot of paper. By telling parents not to use wrapping paper.

    posted on 2011-11-28 20:48:40

  • Lori

    Buy used/handcrafted! Lots of great deals and ideas can be found on eBay.com and etsy.com.

    posted on 2011-11-28 15:53:43

  • Lori Duvall

    Buy used! See eBay.com for lots of great holiday ideas.

    posted on 2011-11-28 15:51:56

  • Laurie

    Give e-cards instead of paper ones, reuse wrapping paper/gift bags, buy donations in the name of someone, etc.

    posted on 2011-11-28 15:51:31

  • Aaron

    Our little organic garden produced a lot of fruit this year. In addition we purchased local organic fruit. We made a lot of preserves out of this harvest that we will be giving as gifts.

    posted on 2011-11-28 14:25:16

  • Belinda Burkart

    Give memberships in your friends names to organizations like Green Peace,Earth First,WWF,Sierra Club ,MAASIA and any local charities that promote Earthday celebrations

    posted on 2011-11-28 14:12:26

  • Gabriela Aguirre

    Thanks for making this idea popular. This year I will give my best friends (if possible my children's teachers) a coffee bag (reuse) filled with vermicompost (worm compost) produced in my patio. I plan to attach a small card pointing out that it is the product of my "thousands of children" (worms) and my own work, what vermicompost is, how it was produced and how to apply it, giving special emphasis on trash reduction transforming into a rich fertilizer.

    posted on 2011-11-28 13:08:00

  • Chris

    Our family went to a fair trade shop yesterday and brought gifts for each other, and a new topper for our tree made of recycled newspapers. We will pick a charity as a family and make a donation online.

    posted on 2011-11-28 12:55:00

  • Maria

    We cut Holiday shapes from last years cards to make gift tags. We trace them first using a cookie cutter. We recycle the rest of the cards, as well as our gift wrap and boxes. We wrap creatively with other than the traditional wrapping paper. When we buy wrapping paper, it's only the newsprint sort with no metallics, which are not recyclable. We re-use and re-purpose all kinds of things.

    posted on 2011-11-28 10:55:18

  • Naomi Rosen

    Trying to buy the majority of my gifts from local shops. Keep the transportation costs to a minimum. For my in-laws, who have everything, we are donating to a non-profit in their name.

    posted on 2011-11-28 05:53:06

  • Angela

    Beautiful, healthy home-grown organic produce! :)

    posted on 2011-11-28 00:11:01

  • Ellie

    I am giving my husband a used book online in good condition rather than a brand new one. I am doing all of my holiday shopping online to minimize traveling in our car.

    posted on 2011-11-27 15:33:14

  • shirley rankin

    give consumables

    posted on 2011-11-26 21:06:07

  • Laurie Furber

    Buying only things that are meaningful, useful, or beautiful. Preferably all three.

    posted on 2011-11-26 14:24:28

  • Kristen Murtaugh

    Foods from my garden: Key Lime Marmalade and Tarragon Green-Pepper Wine Vinegar

    posted on 2011-11-26 12:51:47

  • Jo-Ann McVey

    I am purchasing memberships to various nature centers.

    posted on 2011-11-26 12:17:49

  • Linda

    Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- Merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is! It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber? Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement. Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates. Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course. There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open. How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy? Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day. My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running. OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes. Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre. Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands. Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip. You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition. Forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussion groups -- throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section in your city -- send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations, and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn't that what Christmas is about? Write a comment... ..

    posted on 2011-11-23 17:58:27

  • erin

    Shopping used books at www.betterworldbooks.com! Keeping books from the landfill, giving personal and thoughtful gifts to friends & family, plus every time you buy one, we donate one to someone in need! It's green & good :).

    posted on 2011-11-23 15:57:51

  • Jen Cywinski

    I make my own Christmas cards, most of the gifts I give, and we try very hard to get most of our produce from local farms. Whenever I start making a list of gifts to make I see what I already have in the supply closet and I try to re-purpose items when I can. This year I'm making a crocheted circle rug from old bed sheets and fabric scraps!

    posted on 2011-11-23 14:37:24

  • Audrey Depault

    I will try and use as many local products as possible for my Christmas dinner. This is difficult in Canada in December... but there are still autumn veggies and fruits available (apples, squashes & pumpkins). And I'll use a minimum of meat, to reduce the carbon footprint of the dinner, which is usually very high for holiday dinners.

    posted on 2011-11-23 13:57:21

  • GOTCHA Design

    We decided to make handmade greeting cards for all our clients to include planting a tree in one of our national forest - sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation.

    posted on 2011-11-23 12:16:45

  • Tom Cook

    We recycle holiday cards, ribbons, gift wrapping, brown paper, bags, and other items to wrap up gifts.

    posted on 2011-11-21 13:46:49

  • shenfengkenan

    I love my dream and chase for it!

    posted on 2011-11-21 10:06:58

  • Linda Howe

    My daughter and I are making gifts together and having so much fun. Also making all tree decorations as I did when the kids were small. Pinterest is our favorite site. We will also shop local small business. Happy Green Holidays

    posted on 2011-11-20 10:29:02

  • Nancy Blum

    I like to give flower bulbs in recycled glass jars & organic food treats from Commodities, my local health food store.

    posted on 2011-11-18 05:59:12

  • June MacArthur

    We don't buy new for books, clothes or most household items. So many people are giving things to Salvation Army, Thrifty Shopper, Consignment stores or antique stores. Plus we do garage sales and auctions. We usually get better things, old wonderful things through these avenues.

    posted on 2011-11-17 17:55:31

  • Alison @alison_bowden

    I'll make up gift baskets with locally produced wines, fruit preserves, honey, and other great things from Sustainable Braintree's fabulous Thanksgiving farmer's market.

    posted on 2011-11-17 17:47:15

  • Ingrid Cheng (@fitnesswla)

    Buy local & choose eco-friendly gifts!

    posted on 2011-11-17 14:01:29

  • Amanda

    I really want to make something for people this year instead of buying. I love the DIY section you've provided. It will help a lot! This is also a great time for me to learn some new skill!

    posted on 2011-11-17 12:12:26

  • Aysia Wright

    Give more "experiences", less stuff, unless it promotes a more sustainable lifestyle.

    posted on 2011-11-16 15:27:00

  • bonnie

    I will make hats, tea cozies, pillowcases, vests, and other sewn items...I have a room full of fabric of all kinds and I vow to not buy any new fabric.....may need to buy some matching thread here and there.

    posted on 2011-11-16 12:29:03

  • Michelle F

    I'm making homemade air fresheners using gelatin and essential oils in pretty mason jars, which they can then reuse for whatever they'd like later, once the air freshener has run its course.

    posted on 2011-11-16 12:15:56

  • SUDHIR SAJWAN

    Tell us whatyou think ,though I HAVE PLANTED MORE THEN 100 PLANTS .STILL THERE IS PLANTY SCOP TO PLANT TREES THESE VACATIONS.

    posted on 2011-11-16 07:17:34

  • ayukebi linda

    hello, to make my holiday green,i will organise a sensitisation campaign in my area to let people understand the importance of keeping our environments green as well as protecting the environment.

    posted on 2011-11-15 16:35:38

  • abinay rao

    hmm..........plant trees !! clean up the garbage !! and save water and electricity

    posted on 2011-11-15 05:20:07

  • Lila Cebulla

    I am a Vegan and will make all my holiday dishes Vegan and help to spread the Vegan message, No animal products in any Gift! Thanks for all you do!

    posted on 2011-11-15 00:06:11

  • Name

    Buy second hand toys and wash them with hot water & soap. No extra packaging & plenty of enjoyment. : )

    posted on 2011-11-14 17:24:14

  • Ashley Smith

    This year for Christmas, I have put together a "green" giftbag for each member of my family. I bought re-usable water bottles, energy efficient light bulbs, seeds, tea bags, 3 reusable grocery bags... I am going to make "Going Living" tip sheets to put in there as well, with websites for my favorite nature websites so that they can get involved. They each also get a gift they asked for. All of this will go in one of the reusable gift bags with a big bow.

    posted on 2011-11-14 15:39:33

  • MimiBaba

    We will use the old artificial tree again, even tho the beautiful real ones smell so good and look so lovely. Small sacrifice. We will do our best to gift locally.

    posted on 2011-11-14 15:00:55

  • Jeanna Walters-Fancella

    Every year we give either handcrafted or repurposed gifts for the holidays. I have my husband's family doing it now as well. It's so much fun to see what some of the more "creative" gifts are each year. We have had everything from homemade calendars with family pictures to duct taped-jousting sticks! It's so much more fun and my adults kids enjoy it immensely!

    posted on 2011-11-09 19:08:01

  • fekadu

    My holiday I spent doing environmental education for local community and primary schools. Some times I am doing to save the environment in Ethiopia.

    posted on 2011-11-09 13:35:23

  • fekadu

    I think always to save Ethiopian wolves and the habitat quality.

    posted on 2011-11-09 13:32:36

  • Marie Gallagher

    homemade gifts

    posted on 2011-11-08 23:01:30

  • Shea

    I will take used materials and make them into personal gifts. For example: take an old/burnt out light bulb (extract any dangerous pieces) paint brush a thin layer of glue all over it, then dip it in glitter! (Pink is my preferrable color) Then attach a string in a U shape so the new ornament is able to hang on your Christmas tree branches. You can also decorate your light bulbs with feathers, sea shells, crushed lavender, or paint landscape scenes.

    posted on 2011-11-08 18:27:01

  • Carol Kline

    Hopefully I will make not only my holidays green (in more ways than one), but my community, and our country. If we all pledge to buy locally or American made products this giving season just think of the impact we will make by keeping Americans working and helping small business thrive. Let's shop at craft events, farmers markets, and have our holiday outings at locally owned restaurants. Just think of the impact we can make if we all make the effort. Let's stop making other countries rich and go back to enriching America!

    posted on 2011-11-08 15:50:13

  • Virginia Arnold

    I have already stopped buying goods made in China and it is sometimes a challenge. As an artist, I will make beautiful paper images this year for my friends and loved ones, and for the planet and animals I love. Thank you for creating this request.

    posted on 2011-11-08 15:46:33

  • Phil Chilton

    Looking back to 1911, what did people do more of than now? Spend time together and telling each other stories. I'm preparing a 30 minute talk to give my family.

    posted on 2011-11-08 11:47:42

  • Roz

    As I have many family members and friends who do not reside in my city, I will make every attempt to purchase items to be sent to them from the cities in which they live!

    posted on 2011-11-08 11:11:59

  • SAJID QUDOOS

    I will say no to Plastic Bags.

    posted on 2011-11-08 05:15:43

  • Jo Frogger

    We've cut down on the Stuff by setting up a family "secret santa" rotation where each of us gifts only one other person. This year, I'm pushing for all the gist to be handmade -- and ideally, recycled or upcycled.

    posted on 2011-11-08 02:21:33

  • Robi

    Gift of membership to local aquarium to nephews. Donation to food bank in tribute to co-workers instead of goofy gifts. Gifts of locally made crafts and memberships to cultural institutions to most others.

    posted on 2011-11-08 00:09:40

  • Terrianne McGregor

    I will make table decorations using(actually re-using)decorations from Christmases past, given to me by my children. Not only will I not be wasting precious resources, but it will bring back many happy memories of when my children were growing up and how excited they were when they would make the decorations at school and bring them home for me to put on the tree or at the table.

    posted on 2011-11-07 20:31:24

  • Peggy Soucie

    Make more presents than buy. Buy handmade rather than manufactured. None of your business !

    posted on 2011-11-07 18:07:29

  • Florie

    I'm taking a break from making chemo caps for kids and crocheting green material hats for my gift list. Also, I gift animals or "parts" of them from the Heifer Foundation.

    posted on 2011-11-07 16:42:48

  • Patti Higgins

    Since all the grandchildren are getting older, I plan on giving them all "green" - money - instead of running all over shopping for gifts that they may or may not like. I'll save gas and time as well as all the packaging and gift wrap. And I plan to encourage the kids to save their money to put towards a hybrid car when they get older!

    posted on 2011-11-07 16:11:12

  • Sue Reider

    Am making donations to a Child Protection Center in honor of friends and family, as well as using an alternative gift market Also cleaning out my cookbook collection by letting several new brides "shop" at my house!

    posted on 2011-11-07 16:02:36

  • Carol S. Bostick

    With Being aware of the collective to guide me

    posted on 2011-11-07 15:30:20

  • Rebecca Rens

    I will bake goodies and recycle materials to make gifts.

    posted on 2011-11-07 15:21:11

  • Lee Raper

    I wrap gifts in the Sunday comics from the newspaper They are colorful and recyclable.

    posted on 2011-11-07 15:17:02

  • Alejandra

    One of the most environmentally friendly things would be to not give a gift at all. Changing our habit of being a consumption driven society would reduce our ecological footprint. Many are caught up with the idea of giving a gift just for the sake of giving a gift. Often times such gifts are meaningless or useless and are quickly discarded or forgotten.

    posted on 2011-11-07 15:03:02

  • Karen B

    I have been canning fruit from my yard and around the neighborhood. My gifts will be a variety of jellies and juice.

    posted on 2011-11-07 14:57:05

  • pradeep

    i would like to maximise the use of eco friendly materials in my holidays. for eg. i would use bicycle instead of my bike to keep a check on the rising air pollution.

    posted on 2011-11-07 14:41:11

  • Richard DiMatteo

    I will buy only from sites in the producers get the profits,l are certified as fair trade or from sustainable sources. I will not buy from WalMart, KMart, Target or other mega stores.

    posted on 2011-11-07 14:27:46

  • Wendy

    Quite a few years ago I made a large number of drawstring bags in all sizes out of a variety of holiday prints, which I use for family gifts. After the holidays, I fold them up and pack them with the other decorations to use the following year. No more expensive paper to throw into the trash!

    posted on 2011-11-07 14:25:09

  • Bob Bartlett

    I already have bought four gifts from local craftsperson in my area. I hope to do more. Local churches have Christmas bazaars. Neighborhood boutiques,

    posted on 2011-11-07 14:16:22

  • Diana

    By giving plants from the garden...and they don't need to be wrapped!

    posted on 2011-11-07 14:12:54

  • Carolyn Turcio-Gilman

    I'm crocheting slippers, making pillows and quilts, and knitting hats as gifts.

    posted on 2011-11-07 13:55:41

  • Christine

    For holiday gifts within the family, we use hemmed seasonal fabric & ribbons bought on clearance to wrap our gifts. I've found that it's very quick to "wrap" a gift box with a drawstring bag made from beautiful Christmas fabric. Of course, we save & reuse these wraps & bags every year. This method creates no waste from wrapping-a definite plus!

    posted on 2011-11-07 13:36:46

  • Anita

    Make wreaths from local vine, make dried flower arrangements, buy gifts from local craftspeople at holiday craft shows and bazaars, NOT GIVE A LOT OF JUNK just to give a gift! Give to friends'/family members' favorite charity (instead of more stuff they don't need)!

    posted on 2011-11-07 13:31:39

  • Lopamudra Mohanty

    By Planting trees.Thanks.

    posted on 2011-11-07 13:31:11

  • Maryann

    Homemade food gifts from local produce (jams in glass jars, pumpkin bread, sweet potato pie, yeast breads) are all great gifts, especially if given a week or so before Christmas, so they can be used for the holiday feast. Last year I bought artful shopping bags for my friends (cotton or recycled plastic with interesting motifs, from either Pier One or Whole Foods type stored. A new idea is smaller very lightweight bags (muslin or linen) to use for produce vs. having to use the clear pastic bags in grocery stores. These can be washed and reused by just keeping them in your car in the larger grocery totes, so you don't forget them. You can make a craft project with children by stenciling or drawing a design on the linen/muslin before or after sewing them.

    posted on 2011-11-07 13:30:33

  • Name

    How about gift certificates from local food coop or farmers market or farm or a CSA for next year?

    posted on 2011-11-07 12:59:15

  • Nancy Kirk

    I will decorate one of my living trees instead of buying a cut one.

    posted on 2011-11-07 12:53:56

  • Cathy Antener

    Living in the NJ Pinelands, near our beautiful cranberry bogs, I make and share recipes for homemade cranberry sauce and other tasty treats! Some are on my website at http://www.pineypower.com/cranberries.htm#recipes

    posted on 2011-11-07 12:51:59

  • nancy

    We have been giving donations in each other's honor to our favorite causes for the past few years. I still get my (in their 20's) kids a couple little things to open...BUT, no wrapping paper, no ribbons, just creatively "wrapped" items under our tree! We have extended the practice to the larger family, and we are all enjoying the stress-free, helping-others-holiday so much more than when we were out shopping and spending money on items we really don't need!

    posted on 2011-11-07 12:50:06

  • Terry Drucker

    We always try to 'give green' and to use charity donations as gifts. One year we gave everyone in the family recycled paper gifts: 7th Generation tissue, recycled computer paper and a sheet about saving forests. Other years we have given donations to organizations like Heifer, Samaritan's Purse and World Vision: a flock of geese, a share of a water buffalo, or medical supplies. We cut out pictures from their catalogs so even the youngest family members could understand what they were contributing to help someone else. We also shop locally for organic beef, poultry and produce. Thanks for inspiring us to be creative again this year.

    posted on 2011-11-07 12:37:31

  • Carolyn Barrett

    This is a great ideas!!!!!!!!!!!!

    posted on 2011-11-07 12:37:25

  • musila

    by planting a tree every time i go out.

    posted on 2011-11-07 12:36:34

  • Vera Taylor

    By NOT giving any type of physical gift. I can not afford to buy a lot of garbage to hand out to people who won't apreciate it anyway.

    posted on 2011-11-07 12:27:33

  • Mara Comitas

    I will gift more home made items. All purchases will be comprised of a large % of recycled materials, right down to the minimal packaging. My mantra, for the past few years, has been REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE!

    posted on 2011-11-07 12:26:48

  • Cate

    Shop for my friends and family at local gift shops. Right now I am also obsessed with www.junoandjove.com!

    posted on 2011-11-07 11:53:31

  • Ethan

    I took a couple of the links from a bracelet my wife had resized picked up some jewelry making supplies for .99 at the local craft store and now she'll have earrings to match.

    posted on 2011-11-04 15:38:01

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    posted on 2011-11-04 11:04:58

  • Shannon

    My family tries to reuse bows, boxes and wrapping paper!! I think we still use some from the 80's.

    posted on 2011-11-03 13:44:50

  • Michaeline

    We live in the woods on a mountain in West Virginia. I love going hiking and finding various materials to use as wreaths, candle holders, and picture frames. My passion right now is photography. Photos of my surroundings set in natural wood frames is a favorite.

    posted on 2011-11-03 11:19:52

  • Shane

    WE give Ribbons gift cards, made from recycled materials, filled with eco friendly gift choices for the recipient. We also give and use Amway's LOC biodegradable cleaners. Great for the environment since the 50s.

    posted on 2011-11-03 10:27:56

  • laura

    i use gift bags and now gift wrap so people can reuse the next year. i also save cute little tins from various things to use as gift wrap.

    posted on 2011-11-02 19:44:50

  • Danielle Woerner

    Currently launching a new sustainability site. In addition to our normal year-round recommendations, we're gearing up with suggestions for green holiday gifts and entertaining. The site is undergoing a re-design and still being populated, so is having a very soft launch ATM, but please bookmark WoodstockGREEN.com and come back often to see what we're up to!

    posted on 2011-11-02 19:26:28

  • Beatriz

    Hello, My name is Beatriz and I am contacting you from Time Out Chicago's style and shopping section. I'm really impressed with this idea of Green Gifting. I heard it from the Renegade Handmade store here in Chicago. I was just wondering what stores are going to be participating and how the sale works. Thanks, Beatriz

    posted on 2011-11-02 17:22:53

  • Ana

    I am donating to non-profits as gifts to friends. I also plan on creating some functional art, out of re-used items that can't normally be recycled. My family loves to garden but we also have a glass recycling problem here (Idaho). So I'm making a cold frame out of glass bottles. My father is the kind of guy that doesn't need things, he also already donates lots of money to various non-profits so for him I was thinking of planning a fishing trip with his favorite daughter :)

    posted on 2011-11-02 14:00:29

  • Jeanne

    For all events where washing plates and utensils is impractical I will use either compostable or recyclable products to entertain.

    posted on 2011-11-02 11:36:16

  • Jess

    Instead of buying gifts, I give donations on behalf of family and friends.

    posted on 2011-11-02 11:01:53

  • Martha G Scott

    I am making a quilt out of leftovers

    posted on 2011-11-02 06:19:37

  • Debbie

    I'm looking for (and finding) ideas for gifts I can make using nature findings, recycled items, non-toxic products such as potpourri balls, reusable tote bags made from old jackets or blue jeans, wreaths, etc.

    posted on 2011-11-02 02:28:02

  • Megan

    My terrific team at work enjoys our annual "Re-gift exchange" where we anonymously pass along something funny or awesome (or awesomely funny) that was previously giving to us. Then the recipient has to guess where the gift came from. Always a good time!

    posted on 2011-11-01 11:56:45

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