Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! During these times of economic peril, it is important to remember to be thankful for what we do have. While the economy may be suffering, including our own pocketbooks, we still have our friends and family to be thankful for. For far too long the holiday season has become a time of ridiculous conspicuous consumption consisting of indulgences that will probably be forgotten by the next year if not the next month. So perhaps this economic situation could be a positive situation in that the true values of the holidays may shine through: family, forgiveness, thankfulness, and living in the present…moment that is.
Some of the best gifts I have ever gotten have been gifts that have been handmade or handed down. It feels great to know someone made something just for you, or they knew you would really enjoy a book from their collection that meant something to them. The great things about these gifts is they are usually a lot more eco-friendly! However, if you are not quite the artisan or wish to go the thrifty route, consider making a green gift purchase for your loved ones!
Urban Eco Nest’s Top 3 Green and Wallet Friendly Gifts!
1. Chico Bags! These great reusable shopping bags fold up small enough to fit in your purse or on your keychain! That way you have a bag wherever you are. Plus, they come in a variety of stylish colors and at $5 a bag who could say no? Stocking stuffer anyone?
2. Divine Chocolate! Who doesn’t love a great piece of dark chocolate?! This chocolate company makes some of the best chocolate I have ever had. Plus, it is fair trade and affordable, so you won’t feel guilty indulging in one of these or giving one! Search on their website for a store near you.
3. One More Cup of Coffee for the Road…Equal Exchange Fair Trade Coffees and Teas. Tea and Coffee are perfect gifts for the holiday season. Introduce that Folgers loving friend or family member of yours to some real coffee that tastes fantastic and actually helps the coffee and tea growers!
Also, Co-op America has put together a great Green Gift Catalog filled with companies and organizations that sell great products while doing good for the planet! Another holiday favorite of mine is Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade gift store with something unique for everyone! Plus, they have some really beautiful and affordable gifts that also do something good for the artisans.
The holidays are a great time of giving and also waste. Do your part to reduce the impact on the planet by giving a green gift this year, which is a gift all of us can share.