This is a guest post by Kelly Smith.
Are you a last-minute Christmas shopper? Or are you stumped by some of this year’s gift recipients? Do you have someone on your shopping list who already seems to have everything? Consider some of these eco-friendly intangible gifts for the people remaining on your list.
Give the gift that keeps on giving - a membership to a local zoo, fitness center, science museum, children’s museum, natural foods co-op, or aquarium.
2. Homemade Coupons
Give a self-designed book of coupons for chores, babysitting, homecooked meals, special outings, car washes, knitting lessons, or whatever you can think of.
3. Gift Cards
Pick a local coffee shop, used book store, bakery, spa, garden center, wine store, or hardware store that your gift recipient would most like to shop at.
4. Birds, Bees, or Llamas
Give a gift of animals from Heifer.org. These animals won’t need to live in your home, but will instead be given to a family working their way out of poverty through agriculture and education. If you are giving this gift to a child, you might like to include a children’s book about Heifer’s mission, such as Beatrice's Goat or One Hen.
5. Kiva money
Another way to help families in need is to donate money that your gift recipient can choose to give as microloans to families who are struggling to rise themselves out of poverty through entrepreneurship.
6. The Gift of Time
Purchase tickets to a show, or plan another exciting experience as a gift, sharing special time together in lieu of a physical gift.
This could take the form of a magazine subscription to an earth-friendly publication such as Ranger Rick Jr. or National Geographic Little Kids for little ones or Audubon for grown-ups. Or consider subscribing to something like an organic-coffee-of-the-month club through a company such as Green Mountain Coffee.
8. A Family Tree
Create a family tree to share with someone special and help them to learn about their roots. Check out free genealogy sites such as rootsweb.com to get started.
9. The Gift of a Child
Adopt a child in the name of your gift recipient, and pay a small monthly amount for food, clothing, and education for a child in the third world.
10. What are your favorite intangible gifts to give?
For more great ideas on being green and saving green during the holidays,
visit my Green Holidays page (continually updated).
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