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December 2014

December 2014

Great green gifts!

The holiday season is a wonderful time filled with friends, family and fun. But there can be a downside: waste — and we don’t mean used wrapping paper. Unfortunately for our environment, most of the mass-produced gadgets and knick-knacks currently for sale in the big-box stores will all too soon find their way into landfills.

So this year, why not give a gift to the Earth, as well as your loved ones? Try out these ideas:

Use sustainable decorations

Instead of buying new garland, centerpieces, ornaments and other items that can’t be used for purposes outside of the holidays, why not create some decorations out of materials that can be recycled or reused? Check out our #sustainableholidays pins on Pinterest for some inspiration.

Give the gift of knowledge

Offering advice and resources to someone in need can be a most powerful gift. If you’re not sure what info to pass on, you can always hand loved ones a copy of Nature’s Pathways once you’re finished reading! As you’ll see in the following pages, our expert authors have plenty of great knowledge and tips to share.

Shop secondhand

Used bookstores offer a variety of interesting items not found anywhere else. Consignment and thrift stores can be great resources for vintage furniture and decorative items, perfect gifts for that person who loves to stand out from the crowd.

You can even “shop” your own home. Scour your drawers for loose buttons and unsalvageable clothing to create new accessories like ribbon bracelets, button necklaces or bag embellishments.

Give healthy, personalized presents

A home-cooked meal can warm stomachs and hearts during the colder months. Remember: leftovers are often the best part of the holidays, so feel free to pack them up as to-go meals for guests.

Natural beauty products, like homemade sugar scrub cubes or lip balm are easy and fun to make.

Spa or massage therapy gift certificates can help your loved ones ease their holiday stress.

Even something as simple as lending an ear to a friend or family member can make a world of difference. And doing so doesn’t cost a thing.

Try some of these ideas and finish 2014 out on a green note. As you can see, you can save on the waste you create and still give a truly personalized gift — one that will be remembered far longer than any popular gadget or toy.

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