Iím in a gift-giving rut.
I pulled out my holiday gift list the other day and the realization hit me: itís so much stuff. And much of it is very similar to all the stuff I bought for people last year.
I can do better, canít I? There must be a way to give gifts that are meaningful, enjoyable and useful, but that donít take up so much space or materials. So hereís my holiday gift list, Take Two.
For the Athlete: A Trail Pass or Lift Ticket
There are so, so many benefits to being outside. We know this. And yet, too often we let life get in the way of our time in nature, especially in winter. Not this year. Iím slipping a cross-country trail pass into my husbandís stocking. It uses next-to-no wrapping paper and doesnít require storage space. And since itís already paid for, it provides that extra bit of encouragement to get outside and use it.
For the Smart Phone Addict: “Green” Phone Cases and Ear Buds
Letís just accept that everyone has a smart phone (except me, it seems). Rather than fight it, this year Iím going to help people prolong theirs with protective cases made from recycled plastic or aluminum, like the ones made by Case Mate. And when my friends plug in to rock out, they can use ear buds made from bamboo or recycled plastic.
For the Fashionista: Recycled Yarn Goodies
As December approaches every year, many of us lie awake gnawing at that age-old philosophical question: where do holiday sweaters go to die? I have discovered the answer, my friends. These expanses of yarn stitched into snowflakes, twinkling lights, holly and reindeer undergo a metamorphosis and emerge, renewed, asÖ mittens! And scarfs, and hats. This phenomenon can be found at many of your local craft/gift shops, or online at sites like Uncommon Goods and Etsy.