We are well into December and, if you’re like me, you’re starting to think about maybe doing some Christmas shopping. With just one shopping weekend left I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite eco-friendly gift ideas for you, my fellow procrastinator.
A Carbon Neutral Subscription Box: http://www.greenkidcrafts.com/
As an aunt living a thousand miles from my adorable niece, I am a huge proponent of the subscription box. I ordered this one for my favorite munchkin last Christmas and every month since she’s received a fun and creative package in the mail (what kid doesn’t love getting mail?!) filled with all sorts of educational games and crafts. My brother reports that its arrival is the highlight of her month. Best aunt ever status secured! A gift that gets shipped across the country every month might not sound green, but Green Kid Crafts offsets 100% of the carbon dioxide generated by their business.
Homemade Tasty Goodness in Jars: http://www.stonyfield.com/blog/diy-gift-idea-super-easy-olive-oil-granola/
I don’t know about you, but I’m always pretty excited when people give me food. This granola recipe is just one delicious example of something that’s easy to make, easy to give, and is always well received. If granola’s not your thing, that’s okay. Stonyfield Clean Plate Clubber Marnley has 15 other giftable food options for you: http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/1065697/homemade-edible-mason-jar-gifts
Something Unique from a Second Hand Store: http://www.thethriftshopper.com/
Giving a discarded item a new home or purpose is as green as it gets, and you can find some really great things at your local consignment or thrift store, like unique decorations or antique jewelry. Check out the link above to find a list of charity-based thrift stores in your area.
A Donation: http://www.charitynavigator.org/
What do you get for the person who has everything? A charity donation in their name is a great way to let them know that you’re thinking about them this holiday season while also doing some good in the world. Charity Navigator is a great website to help you be sure the charity you’re giving to is legitimate and responsible, so your dollars will go as far as they can.