The end-of-year holidays are upon us. It's a season that many people look forward to - but it is also a time filled with anxiety for some. Finding just the right gifts for families and friends can be a challenge.
Maybe this year you will take a different approach. One that is both creative and Earth-friendly. How about these 10 great ideas for "eco" holiday gifts? [Bonus: some of these purchases may be tax-deductible.]
1. Adopt an Animal Species. For as little as US $25 you can protect wild animals - you can select polar bears, pandas, lions, orangutans, or other endangered species - in the name of your loved one. Contact: the World Wildlife Federation
2. Plant a Tree. Here is another way you can make a donation in the name of a family member or friend. In the past few years huge tracts of land in western North America have lost vital forests and ground cover to wild fires. Tree seedling plantings will bring these regions back to life. Contact: A Living Tribute
3. Buy your friend a one-year membership in a nature-themed organization such as like the Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club, or the Audubon Society.
https://gifts.nature.org/ http://www.sierraclub.org/ http://www.audubon.org/
5. Select a handmade gift from independent artists who craft from recycled materials. You will find plenty of choices on Etsy.
7. How about an organic gift box or basket? Give your friends a healthy "nosh" while supporting organic farmers too! Mmm....fruits, nuts, chocolates, wines...looks great on any holiday table.
8. Create a coupon book. Any local crafts store should be able to help you with this project. You can also look online for templates to download and helpful "how-to" tips. Make each coupon dedicated to one outdoor activity to share with a child...such as "Go for 1-hour Bicycle Ride" or "Spend One Afternoon Walking a Nature Trail."
9. Buy a one-year magazine subscription. Save trees when you order the digital versions of popular monthly publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Mother Earth News. Compatible with most smart phones, tablets, and e-reader mobile devices.
With gifts like these, you can avoid the "Black Friday" in-store insanity, delight everyone on your list, and feel good about yourself too.
What are some of your "eco" gift ideas? Feel free to share in the
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