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.