- Instead of driving to the mall, or long distances to multiple big-box stores in search of the perfect gift, try setting your sights closer to home. One year, a co-worker decided to do all her Christmas shopping on her hometown Main St. (It’s amazing how creative you can get, when you narrow your options: everyone gets baskets full of soaps/candles/chocolates this year!). You’ll save gas, support small businesses in your own community, and keep the air a little cleaner.
- Instead of giving “things” that must be produced, shipped to stores, purchased, wrapped and then mailed (and shipped again), give the gift of conservation this holiday: it only costs $1 to plant a tree in Brazil.
- If you cant resist giving or receiving the latest electronic gadgets, buy Energy Star certified products, which use significantly less electricity.
- Reduce some waste (household waste increases by 25 percent during the holidays) by foregoing the wrapping paper and gift bags. Try re-purposing fabric, old road maps or other interesting printed paper for wrapping. Or conceal your gifts in useful containers, such as tins, baskets, scarves or tote bags (that might be part of the gift itself).
Image Credit: aprica /Flickr (A Main St. antique shop decorated for the holidays.) Used under a Creative Commons license.