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Holidays Special Environmental Tips for Individuals: Eco-Gifts and Eco-Gift Ideas - Part 1

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Eco Gifts and Eco Gift Ideas

Ideas: Offer/ask for gifts that don't involve buying anything. For example, time together, a back rub, babysitting, offer to teach something you know how to do, donation to charity, seeds from your garden, tickets to an event (musical, lecture series, play, concert, etc.), nontoxic house cleaning service, gift certificates for spas, music downloads, movie downloads, etc.

Other Eco Gift Ideas:

- Consider purchasing gifts from companies focused on providing products which use renewable energy sources (i.e., solar powered radio , outdoor lighting or just doing something for the environment ) like the Turtle Mat - they are working to save marine turtles from extinction.

- Eco-Artware promotes gifts made from reused and natural materials.

- Shop for gifts at antique stores, estate sales or flea markets.

- Create environmentally friendly gift baskets filled with sustainable gift items (e.g., compact fluorescent or LED light bulbs, plastic bag dryer, organic cotton socks/scarfs/hats/etc., showerhead with mist setting for lowest flow showers, organic and/or vegan snack items, organic cotton towels, shade grown coffee, fair trade gifts, solar battery charger, solar radio/flashlight, a variety of nontoxic and biodegradeable cleaning products or a nontoxic cleaning kit, etc.)

Gifts that Give Back:

- Ask for/give the gift that keeps on growing -- a tree!.

- Make it a Fair Trade Holiday! Buy gifts through Online Fair Trade Shops.

- Give alternative charity gifts (check out the great online alternative gifts at the bottom of the page). Another resource: Charity Christmas Gifts.

- Feed a child in honour of someone you love and post their photo on the Wall Against Hunger (World Food Programme).

- Give the gift of a Mosquito Net to save someone from Malaria.

Give Fair Trade Gifts that:

Fund food for the hungry

Fund free mammograms

Help underprivileged children survive and thrive

Help provide books to underprivileged children

Help preserve endangered forests

Help feed animals in need

- Give Gifts that Give More

- If you are a school teacher, consider asking your students to bring in items that can be donated to a local charity that is distributing holiday gifts for underprivileged children.

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