Many of us are running down our gift lists for just the right present for family members and friends. Look for things that might benefit the planet at the same time. Here are a few of my favorite gifts.
Gifts that keep on giving
Instead of getting your loved ones something that may ever be used, think museum memberships, movie passes, or even providing baby-sitting services for the busy parents in your life. A basket of gardening essentials would be perfect for someone who has wanted to grow his or her own food.
Gifts that make memories
Memories do last a lifetime, unlike many gifts. A day of horseback riding, a cooking lesson for friends, or a painting or pottery class are options that will be memorable.
Nontoxic gifts for children
Many children’s toys are imported and might be made with potentially hazardous materials. Look for toys that are free of phthalates, Bisphenol A, and toxic metals such as lead. From puzzles to tea sets to play tool kits, there are more safe toy options than ever. Visit DoYourPart.com/Columns for a list of toy ideas.
Gifts made in the USA
Look at the labels. Buying products made in the United States keeps money flowing in our economy. And, it means those same products aren’t using up valuable resources, as are those shipped from across the globe.
Terri Bennett is the author of “Do Your Part: A Practical Guide for Everyday Green Living.” doyourpart.com.
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