The holiday onslaught is upon us, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday screeching at us to buy more and more and increase our world of stuff. Big box stores and mega marts are doing everything in their power to get your increasingly limited money, and it can be a daunting task indeed for an eco-conscious individual to figure out a gift for loved ones.
There are many "green" gift ideas, from organic and eco-friendly clothing to sustainably made items for the home and office. Home-made items show real caring, and anytime you buy something made and sold locally, you are not only stimulating the local economy, but reducing the environmental impact it has. But what about something that is not material? Many of us already have a lot of things. Its probably safe to say that most of us could do with less stuff, less clutter, and less space-filling possessions (regardless of how eco-friendly they may be).
A trend I have seen among many people who are conscious about what they are contributing to in the world have moved to a different mode of gift giving. Instead of a physical present, a donation is made. A membership or subscription is given in their loved one's name. Often this is accompanied by a card or photo indicating what was done, and sometimes it even included frequent updates from the recipient charities or organizations. What better way to tell someone you care than by helping to save the world, and including them in your efforts?