by Texas Homesteader ~
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I’m very environmentally aware in almost everything I do. Now I don’t expect everyone to see things the way I do, we’re all different & and that’s a wonderful thing. But being very environmentally aware is just part of who I am. For me, if at all possible I’d love to give gifts with a lighter footprint.
But with all the competition this time of year to grab the attention of your holiday gift recipients you’ve got to wonder, can you really give more environmentally-friendly gifts that they’ll actually love? As it turns out, yes.
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I hate those light-weight plastic razors. So I’ve owned and exclusively used a vintage Gillette safety razor for several years. It’s my most luxurious zero-waste move ever. But RancherMan still used the flimsy plastic disposable ones.
So I’m GIDDY that he has asked for a real honest-to-goodness safety razor for Christmas! No more plastic disposable razors in our household, can you hear the choirs singing?? This will be a favored of all environmentally-friendly gifts for him.
I got him a vintage nickel-plated Gillette SuperSpeed beauty from the 1960’s and it’s as clean as a whistle. (He wanted a vintage razor but you can buy new *safety razors very inexpensively too)
Low-Waste Razor Blades
As if that wasn’t enough to get excited about, he ALSO asked for this box of * double-edged blades to go with it.
Why buy these blades when you can buy a little plastic box of five blades at Dollar General for a buck?? Well these blades are paper wrapped and come in a cardboard box – no plastic at all!
They were very inexpensive and 100 blades will last quite a long time for both of us. My little crunchy-green heart is just singing!!
There are other environmentally friendly options – what about giving “experience” gifts?
Although each year we usually give homemade Christmas gifts we’d still purchased toys for our grandbabies.
But one year something happened…
Our kids said that they wanted to pull away from the holiday excess that’s been lavished on the children in the past. So they have asked for no toy gifts for the grandbabies.
So RancherMan & I have decided to give experience gifts to our grandbabies each year (ages five to eleven).
There are lots of options and we’re having so much fun planning.
We really loved taking them to the Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Aside from the stock show events they have a midway, petting zoo and lots fun things for kids to do.
Of course there are many other experience-gift options such as taking them to museums, exhibits or maybe lunch and a movie with an ice cream treat afterwards.
These memories will far outlast any toy we could have purchased for them. If you’d like you can see the list of all our Experience Gifts we’ve given them so far.
And of course gifts of food are often an environmentally-friendly gift option.
This year RancherMan is making for me one of my absolute favorite decadent treats:
He’ll be using the same recipe he used when he made me Mint-Chocolate Truffles for Valentine’s Day. Oh my, I can’t wait!
(although to be honest, I’ve asked for only a 1/2 batch this time because
have no willpower want to watch my girlish figure. eh hem…)
In my opinion homemade gifts are priceless because they’re presented with something that costs the gift-giver their time – true gifts of love.
We’ve been presenting homemade Christmas gifts to our family & friends for several years & I’ve written about our homemade gifts from years gone by – both food themed as well as projects. Those gifts have always been made with love and have been well received by our friends & family.
But what if your loved one lives far away? Magazine subscriptions are a fun way to give a gift over & over throughout the year.
One of my favorite publications is Mother Earth Magazine. It’s chock full of hints & tips for DIY, MIY, self-sufficiency. And every now & then you might actually see an article published in this magazine from MOI! 🙂
So there is a quick list of fun yet environmentally-friendly gifts. Delightful to give OR receive! What about you – what are your favorite gifts to give & get?
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