by: Shannon Kilkenny
Now that Thanksgiving is over, Christmas gift buying is in full swing. The challenge is on! With only a few shopping days left and perhaps many gifts still to buy; here are a few ways to minimize your shopping time and frustration and simultaneously make a significant difference for the environment. When making a few changes in your buying styles and habits you can have a considerable impact on the environment with little effort.
Its really fairly easy. Just follow some of the gift ideas below and enjoy the satisfaction of being part of the green movement by greening your gifts. Make it a truly green holiday this year. Take heed!
Remember try to give gifts that people need, can use and are practical. Be creative! Try these
1. Tickets to movies, concerts, museums, sporting events, outdoor activities or an annual pass to national parks.
2. House or garden plants, herbs, seeds and bulbs. Pots and planters boxes made from natural ingredients.
3. Gift certificates to clothing, electronics, books, grocery, or vitamin stores.
4. Donate to one or more Charities in the name of your recipient.
5. Give the gift of YOU! Make coupons for services such as babysitting, a night out at the movies, dinners dates, weekends away, massages, yard work, dog-walking or help write a resume or article, give a computer lesson or offer some other talent or skill you can share.
6. An old book or collectors item. Things with a unique meaning. Shop at antique stores, estate sales or flea markets.
7. Cook home-baked sweets and put in a reusable tin box, a kitchen container, or another usable item.
8. Any homemade item. A knitted hat or scarf.
9. Fair-trade organic chocolate or coffee. Always a hit.
10. Clothes and other items made from hemp, wool, or organic cotton.
11. A roll of postage stamps.
12. Office supplies such as recycled paper and envelops.
13 Energy efficient light bulbs, battery re-chargers, or solar-powered products.
14. First aid kits or emergency road side equipment.
15. Board and card games that will be used over and over again.
16. For your children, you can open a savings account, buy stocks or bonds.
17. A gift gasoline card for your teenager or college student.
18. A calendar marked with important dates, such as birthdays, anniversaries, and family gatherings.
19. A book of favorite recipes.
20. Carbon offsetting. This purchase erases negative energy footprint of reducing carbon emissions.
21. Music and books. itunes or the equivalent downloadable books and music.
22. Plant trees in the name of your beneficiary.
23. Name a star after
24. Have a party and invite everyone over as your gift.
25. A years membership to an Environmental organization, a health spa, the auto club.
The list is really endless if you just take a moment to think about your purchase. If you consider where the product was made, what it is made of, who made it, what actually went in to the manufacturing of the product, you might want to reconsider that purchase. Fact: A manufactured item will generate 70 times its weight in waste during manufacturing. Wow!
To learn more about how become more environmental conscious when planning your holiday parties and events, planning conferences, workshops and seminars, and events of all sizes, shapes, and styles, visit my website: http://www.successfuleventplanning.com.
As an Event Planner, Writer, Author and Environmentalist Ms. Shannon Kilkenny is in the process of writing her next book which is dedicated to “greening” the hospitality and event planning industry. Her first book The Complete Guide to Successful Event Planning is due out Dec. 06. Visit http://www.successfuleventplanning.com for more information. Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org