I was moved to discuss more Eco-friendly, gift-giving ideas when I received a thoughtful, yet not so Eco-concious gift recently. Find inspiration for creating recycled gifts and learn how to give more sustainably. Make your own gifts.
Homemade gifts are more personal, can be less expensive and don't have wasteful packaging. Give a gift basket of homemade goodies, offer a wreath made of dried flowers from your garden or build a birdhouse.
Not the crafty type? Yamerra offers a variety of hand-made Eco-friendly skincare and hair care products great for child, woman or man! All our of our Hair + Body butters serve a dual function, that is attractive in this pressured economy! Why not invest in a long-lasting, earth friendly option? If not interested in skincare and haircare products to encourage healthier skincare and hair care, there are many local artists and crafters (in NY) that can help you fill the void. Handmade items from specialty stores or craft fairs are rarely wrapped in disposable packaging. Plus, buying locally contributes to the region’s economy and supports local artists.
MARKETS featuring Yamerra TO CHECK OUT THIS SEASON:
The Market NYC- Young Designers Market:
Btw. Prince and E Houston,
A great day to stop by is Saturdays from 11am-7pm! OR CHECK OUT: http://www.yamerrastore.com/
Give an experience
Take someone to a play or concert (I would recommend FELA on Broadway- it was amazing, but now long gone)! Make gift certificates for a special dinner, pet sitting or house cleaning. Offer your skills at gardening, photography or financial planning. Sign someone up for lessons in music or a foreign language or sport. Better yet, teach someone one of your hobbies – swimming, origami (with reusable paper) or playing the piano, for example. Both the recipient and the landfill will thank you.
Other sustainable gift ideas
- Promote reuse – give antiques or unique retro items.
- Buy carbon offsets for travel.
- Build or buy a compost bin.
- Give a native plant for the house or garden.