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Last-Minute, Non-Material Gift Ideas

Last-Minute, Non-Material Gift Ideas

Looking to ditch the consumer gift-giving trend without feeling like a Scrooge? There are several non-material gift options that are perfect for the mall-phobic and landfill-conscious.

Care2′s alternative gift guide offers giving options like planting a tree, providing a life-giving goat and saving a polar bear. With a donation purchase, you can send a personalized card or e-card to your gift recipient — perhaps a refreshing change from the generic Christmas-sweater gift!

Home-spun gift certificates are another great non-material gift option. Offer a loved one a free massage, house-cleaning, home-cooked meal, art lessons, or a getaway, and present it to them with a homemade gift card.

Whether you give a coupon, donation, or experience, feel better knowing that you’re avoiding the inevitable landfill-fate of the billions of dollars worth of stuff being given this year.

Find more consumer-less gift ideas here.

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Megan Zehnder

Megan is an editor and producer for Care2's Healthy Living. Her main priorities are to live simply and build meaningful relationships with the people in her life. She loves to write and talk about environmental issues, healthy living, and women's rights. Beyond that, her interests change daily, but eating and cooking vegetarian food is always a favorite.


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11:38PM PDT on May 12, 2013

Good Ideas! Thank You

7:15AM PDT on May 11, 2013

very nice, thank you

2:51AM PDT on May 11, 2013

Like the gift idea

7:18AM PST on Feb 11, 2013


3:22PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

I agree with Jose...kindness should not be just for Christmas!

12:26PM PST on Dec 21, 2012

Appreciate the shortness of this essay - the ideas are big and I'm glad to go off and do them, not spend more time reading here!

12:05PM PST on Dec 20, 2012

Make a donation to a charity in someone else's name.

11:54AM PST on Dec 20, 2012

thank you

11:51AM PST on Dec 19, 2012

Thank you

5:13AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

Thanks a lot :)

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