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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51 comments

Jack M.
.3 months ago

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Bill and Katie D.
Katie D.2 years ago

Good Ideas! Thank You

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago

very nice, thank you

Danial Woolworth
Past Member 2 years ago

Like the gift idea

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

interesting

jenny H.
jenny H.3 years ago

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

Anne F.
Anne F.3 years ago

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!

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago

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

Debbie Williamson

thank you

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you