Crunch time is here. Many of us are running down our holiday gift list and frantically trying to come up with just the right present for our family members and friends. This season, pick the perfect gift for your loved ones that will also benefit the planet at the same time.
Gifts That Keep on Giving
Instead of getting your loved ones something that may not even be used once, do something different. Think museum memberships, movie passes, or even providing babysitting services for the busy parents in your life. There are other options, too. Creating a basket of gardening essentials would be perfect for those who’ve been wanting to grow their own food. Fill it up with a wide range of seeds, small tools, and cute gardening gloves to make it a unique and thoughtful gift.
Gifts That Make Memories
Memories do last a lifetime unlike many items we give during the holidays. So why not plan an experience for those on your list this year? A day of horseback riding, a cooking lesson for friends, or a painting or pottery class are ideal options and will make your gift more personal.
Gifts That Support Small Businesses
My favorite hotspot for finding unique gifts for those on my list this year is the online marketplace Etsy.com. It’s a place where artisans can sell than handcrafted items _ think everything from personalized stationery to terrariums. These are one-of-a-kind pieces that can’t be found in big box stores and support the smallest of businesses.
Gifts Made in the U.S.A.
And one last thing when checking off your list is to look at the label. Was your gift made here in America? Buying products made in the United States not only mean they are usually made with safer materials but it also keeps money flowing in our economy. And, it means those same products aren’t using up valuable resources as they are shipped from across the globe to get to us.