Green gifts & re-gifts
Green gifts are ones that are easy on the environment—and usually on the pocketbook, too. How about a plant or some seeds to grow in the coming spring? A coupon to help a friend plant a garden is also a great idea.
Green gifts are those that follow the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. On the Reduce front: don’t buy presents just because you feel obligated to buy presents! If it’s something that doesn’t quite fit the person—resist, and don’t buy. Make a coupon or wait until you find the right thing.
On the Reuse front: look around—in your kitchen, in your garden, even in your closet—and see what you might be able to turn into a present for someone you love. This doesn’t mean giving your threadbare socks away! But it might mean turning a piece of fabric into a new piece of clothing or giving away a piece of jewelry or a scarf that you no longer wear but has meaning to you.
As for Recycling: if you receive gifts that you know you’re not going to use, give them to a charity that might need them or pass them on to others. Whatever you do, don’t throw anything away! You know what they say: one girl’s junk is another girl’s treasure. This is why vintage stores exist, after all.