Thursday, December 2, 2010

If It Is Thursday It's Going Green - Holiday Giving

Remember the 4 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair

As we approach the Holiday season and are caught up in the hustle and bustle of activities, try to be thoughtful about energy saving purchases.

Going green is the way to go when planning gifts. -When you give someone a “green gift” it means you went the extra distance for someone and for everyone - It means you have taken the time to consider the environment. -It means you have given a gift that shows something about you - and it means you have created a ripple effect whose final result is too significant to calculate.

1. Make a gift from scratch. Making a personal effort to create something is always appreciated. Be conscious of the materials you choose and create something to show someone you care. Picture frames and mirrors are perennial favorites and people tend to keep them.

2. Buy a gift that adds a lasting element to someone’s life. Buying a houseplant or a live organic herb garden are wonderful gifts, which live on and bring joy (and oxygen) into someone’s home. Buy a calendar printed on 100% recycled paper with daily affirmations and uplifting quotes. These will remain with the person for a year at least, and can make a difference everyday.

3. Buy a stress-reducing present for someone. Get your best friend a gift certificate for a one-hour massage, facial or acupuncture treatment. How about a free week of yoga classes, Pilates or personal training sessions? You will be doing more for the recipient of these gifts than initially meets the eye.

4. Give to a charity. Instead of giving something directly, consider giving to a charity on behalf of a friend or family member. Many charities now allow you to track the progress being made as the result of your contribution. By doing this you are setting up a powerful connection for someone that can go way beyond a simple donation.

5. Buy something educational and entertaining.A book, CD or DVD can make a fantastic present especially when the content is uplifting.

Don’t forget, “together we can make a difference!”

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