3 Last-Minute, Low-Impact Gift Ideas From The Sharing Economy

Well, it’s here. The last week before the Winter Solstice, the Christmas Holiday, and if you’re the apocalypse-loving type, possibly the end of the world.

The holidays can be a stressful time, scrambling to find or make the perfect present for friends and family members. If you’ve procrastinated this fun but tedious task, you might feel like time is running out. Not to worry, there’s an entire industry of clever, eco-friendly, access-oriented services just waiting to be discovered, and you don’t have to go to the mall to find them.

If you’re tired of the eye rolls every time your brother-in-law opens your upcycled, biodegradable, fair-trade socks, these alternatives from the sharing economy will be a clever way to evangelize about a greener world without putting the congregation to sleep.

Transportation For Less

In this 24-hour world, we’re constantly on the go. Unfortunately all that moving around in gas-powered vehicles continues to take its toll on the planet as well as our pocketbooks. A gift certificate or membership to car sharing services like Zipcar, RelayRides, or Getaround provides access to resources that could eventually eliminate the need for a personal car. Even better, most of these services offer fleets of hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles for planet-friendly travel. Toss in a rented parking space from Parkatmyhouse near their job or favorite downtown restaurant and your loved ones will be singing your praises all year long.

Extra Hours In The Day

Tired of your best friend telling you they can’t hang out because they’re too busy or can’t find a babysitter? Give a gift certificate or membership to time-sharing services like TaskRabbit or SittingAround so they can hire locals to take care of those tasks while you catch up over coffee!

An Unforgettable Experience

There’s a reason why all the travel guides always have sections about “locals’ favorites”: because you have to be a local to really know the best and most exciting features of a town. Vayable and Gidsy are services that connect people who love their area with others who want to learn, see, or experience something awesome. Whether you’re a tourist or a recent transplant, there’s always a dream experience waiting for you — as long as you know where to look. Tuck a gift card from either of these services into the stocking of that hard to please family member or coworker and you’ll be hailed as the best Secret Santa ever.

Related Reading:

How To Share Your Way To A Debt and Waste-Free Holiday

5 Holiday Gifts Your Child’s Teacher Actually Needs

Five Reasons To Shop Handmade For The Holidays

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Zipi Pahima
Zipi Pahima5 years ago

Thanks for sharing. Amazing and unique ideas.

Vicky P.
Vicky P5 years ago


Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey5 years ago

Thanks for sharing some interesting ideas for anytime gift giving.

Lynn D.
Lynn D5 years ago

I've never heard of any of these, sound good though! Thanks for info!

Jessica Sutton
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks! Personally would love these gifts. Something to do outside of the house always beats a gadget or anything else.

C. R.
Carole R5 years ago

Thanks for some great ideas.

aj E.
aj E5 years ago


John B.
John B5 years ago

Thanks for sharing Beth.

Ro H.
Ro H5 years ago


Anne F.
Anne F5 years ago

Great ideas - the idea of easier transportation or hiring a chore out is a wonderful gift