Our holiday celebrations don’t need to come with piles of waste. We need more nature and more connection in our lives, which don’t necessarily come from traditional gifts.
Despite what pervasive advertisements tell us, you have options that don’t involve buying the same old sweaters, socks and sporting goods this holiday season. Our team has put together 10 ideas for holiday gifts that people will definitely use and appreciate, and, in some cases, will help create new memories.
They’re also better for the environment than buying random stuff that’ll be used a handful of times and then end up in closets, cupboards, garages and attics — or get thrown out and end up in overflowing landfills, where they can emit greenhouse gases or toxic chemicals.
Some of these gifts will take more effort than clicking button on a computer screen, but you may enjoy giving them as much as the recipient enjoys getting them.
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Presenting the present
Once you decide on the gift, you as a giver can still get the vicarious thrill of your recipient’s joy. You just need to be creative in how you give it.