Thursday, December 03, 2009

Trim Your Gift Shopping List

Green Holiday Action #3

This year our family decided that instead of buying gifts for everyone in extended family, individuals that wanted to participate, would put their names into a hat and then draw a name for the ONE person they would give a gift.

From grandma and grandpa to the teenagers, everyone wanted to participate. The price limit was set by those on the most fixed budget.

Suddenly, I'm not running around spending time, resources and money to find gifts for a list of people. We've also reduced our use of wrapping paper and all the other resources that go with gift-giving. The best part might be that the sense of giving has a greater personal focus. I can concentrate on a great gift for one family member rather than just something for everyone to open.

I have a couple of Green Gift ideas, but more on that later.

What are you doing to make this a Green Holiday Season? Leave a comment or send me an e-mail at

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