Here are some creative holiday ideas that are gentle on the environment as well as the spirit!
LOW-IMPACT GIFT WRAPS
Remember how Grandma
used to press and save wrapping paper? Start your own tradition of “re-use.” Wrap presents in last year’s calendar, old posters, maps, coloring book pages, sheet music, blueprints, and pieces of old quilts or embroidered linens. Or my favorite – shopping bags! (As you can see I have a Trader Joe’s theme going.)
Use strips of fabric
and yarn as ties. Old costume jewelry, Christmas ornaments, fresh flowers, pine cones, and netting for bows. Make gift tags from last year’s Christmas cards.
Silk drawstring bags
with beaded tassels can hold all kinds of goodies and be used by the recipient the next season for their gift-wrapping. The year’s recipient can toss in a “fortune cookie” wish as they pass it on. What fun you can have watching those fortunes grow within your circle of family and friends!
Take stocking stuffers
beyond the fireplace mantel. Come up with gift-wrapping pairs. In other words, wrap a gift with a gift. Put kitchenware in a breadbasket, a gift card in a picture frame. Let a necklace and earrings adorn a plush teddy bear.
Gift a service.
Housecleaning, clutter clearing, yard work, or car detailing. Pamper with a massage, facial or pedicure. Inspire with a tarot reading, energy clearing or Feng Shui consult. (Psst! I am offering a "Ring in the New Year" special on an intuitive reading. Yes. Shameless self-promotion. You will see the link below!)
Art lessons, music lessons, dance lessons or a pottery class.
Gift an introductory coaching session in an area of interest.
A writing coach for a blossoming novelist. A nutritional coach for someone wishing to change his or her eating habits. A creativity coach for someone who needs a jump-start back into his or her art.
Gift your time.
After the holidays, help with a project or take someone out for a play date.
Here’s a creative holiday idea that is gentle on the environment as well as the spirit. Book sleeve wrap + book + tea = cozy evening reading!
If you do not live in an area that offers post-holiday tree-cycling consider using your tree as a habitat for wildlife and birds by laying it out where the branches can offer shelter from the winter weather. Adorn the branches with seed cakes, fruit slices, or pine cones packed with a mixture of peanut butter and seeds.
Be green with old things.
Don’t let them clog up your closets as you head into the New Year! Donate them. Re-purpose them. Re-gift them.
Look for municipalities
that offer post-holiday electronics collection events for all your old electronics.
There is 25% more waste produced during the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. That converts to one million extra tons of trash per week. I encourage you to consider ideas that not only save our landfills from the extra burden of this season but also save us from the extra stress that comes with juggling time, energy, and money in the holiday dash.
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