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Let me guess. You've just returned from another disappointing trip to the mall, where everything in every store seems just like what you bought last year.
I feel your pain. It's hard to come up with creative gifts for friends and family. Whether it's you that's trying to live a greener lifestyle or your college-age son who insists on everything being organic, local and recycled, there are more choices than ever for giving this holiday season. Not only will you be able to remain committed to the change you (or your loved one) has chosen, you'll probably spend a little less and do a little more good along the way. Some ideas via the Environmental Defense Fund:
- Make a donation to a green charity.
- Give a parks pass, museum or arts-based membership or a membership to your local zoo or botanic garden.
- Try stocking stuffers like LED bulbs or organic chocolates.
- Buy organic toys and clothing for kids. (Bonus points if you recycle old toys for little ones!)
- Give recycled or vintage jewelry.
There are lots ofother things to do, including wrapping gifts in old magazines or newspaper and cooking a great local/organic meal together. All these things not only help the environment, they'll help your budget, too! This year, my family gave each other handmade or recycled gifts. We also began a new tradition of writing down our favorite holiday memories and putting them in an online scrapbook with photos. Tell us if you're planning a green holiday this year. -Kristen Ball