Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Gift of Giving


With the holidays just around the corner, it is the perfect time to start thinking about how to be the most thoughtful without being the most wasteful. There is a plethora of ways - from small to big.

When you’re wrapping those pretty little presents, think about using your shredded paper as stuffing rather than new tissue paper. Not only will you save money, but you will be giving those gifts better protection and won’t be creating anymore waste - it was already going in the trash.. Choose wrapping paper that can be recycled instead of all those foils and tin lined papers. Yes, they are pretty, but they aren’t good for us and they cost an arm and a leg to begin with! Think about reusing ribbons and bows from previous years instead of always buying new present toppers and finishers. All those bows go to waste each year when they can be saved.

When it comes to the gift itself. Try finding new, used/recycled/repurposed gifts. I don’t mean looking in your closet for some junky item you got last year, or re-gifting the fruitcake your aunt gave you... For example: for the wine connoisseur, think about getting them a set of recycled windshield wine glasses, handmade from car windshields. They are great conversation pieces and it is a new use for something once discarded ( for other recycled wine glasses, check out www.potterybarn.com). For the the person who loves unique jewelry, think about giving them vintage “dead stock” jewelry (so they’ve never been worn). This will give them a unique style without adding to the waste of mass produced, cheaply made jewelry of today. For the loved one that needs a vacation (that you certainly can’t pay for), give them a day at a spa, or a massage instead of any of those do-it-yourself relaxation tools. You will keep someone employed and your gift can’t be thrown into a landfill.

You can find unique gift ideas at places like uncommongoods.com, sprig.com, vintage-hollywood.com, costplus.com and many more.

Being creative with your gift giving lends itself to being more thoughtful and less wasteful - it’s a win win!

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