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Creative Ways to Give This Holiday Season

One of the best ways to keep the holiday season — including its bills and ecological footprint — from getting out of hand is to be creative with the gifts you give and the packaging you use.

wrapped-gift

Providing experiences — dinners out, tickets to a play or movie, coupons for house cleaning or errand running — is a great way to give something meaningful with very little waste. Gift cards or certificates are also a great option. If the recipient chooses his or her gift, you aren’t buying someone something that may end up in a landfill. Sometimes, though, we really want to give a physical gift.

I love being creative in the ways I wrap and present my gifts! For presents from my kids, I encourage them to color or write messages on newspaper, using it as a recyclable alternative to wrapping paper. When they were younger, I occasionally used school art projects to wrap presents for their grandparents.

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Like many people, I do a lot of grocery shopping during the holidays. I’m careful not just about the products I buy, but also about the packaging they’re in. And whenever possible, I try to purchase products in cartons. Not only are they recyclable,* but cartons can also be used for creative gift wrapping (after being cleaned out, of course). I’ve given gifts wrapped in everything from shoe boxes to paperboard cartons!

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One of my favorite gifts to give someone who just moved to new home is a small herb garden, after planting the herbs in decorated milk cartons. It’s a perfect gift for anyone — from cooks, whether beginner or expert, to people who only have a window sill for their herbs, to those who have the room outside to replant. Let your kids decorate the cartons to add a personal touch. And even if left plain, the cartons still look adorable!

What ideas do you have for creative gift giving this holiday season?

 

*Recyclable only where facilities exist. Visit www.recyclecartons.com to see if you can recycle in your area.

 

This post is sponsored. All thoughts are my own.

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Amy Bellgardt

Amy Bellgardt is a wife, mom, lifestyle & travel blogger, foodie, nerd and coffee drinker. In 2008, she created the blog MomSpark as a way to connect with fellow moms, exchange tips and share stories. She was looking for an outlet as a stay-at-home mom and quickly found the community she needed in the social media and blogging world. Mom Spark now consists of three writers and has a wide range of articles for moms that include recipes, travel, green living, social good initiatives, crafts/diy, blogging advice, fashion, parenting and decor.

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