I noticed that for this year’s birthday, my family purchased a lot of green gifts. Nothing extravagant or expensive, like solar panels or organic crocheted hemp furniture, but definitely leaning on the green side.
From my parents, I received a very green gift of experiences…
Movie passes and a gift certificate to a local (and partially organic) spa.
Rather than giving me more stuff to cram into my already small house, I love that my folks gave me experiences instead. I haven’t had my haircut since before the baby was born, so that gift certificate will be gone soon. And Hubby and I are looking forward having an actual date night sans baby. Although we could always bring him…is it tacky to bring a baby to the movies? I know Sweet Home Alabama taught me never to bring one into a bar…
Mom and Dad also gave me a set of glass tupperware, which I plan on using to replace most of my plastic tupperware, since plastic is a big green no-no – plus, it leaches toxins, especially when heated in the microwave. However, rather than get rid of my perfectly good plastic tupperware, I plan on using them for more dry goods in the panty (nuts and cereals and such), where they won’t leach quite so much and I won’t be tempted to throw them in the microwave when feeling lazy.
From my mother-in-law, I got a host of cool green gifts, like a green makeup bag with organic goodies inside and a reusable lunch bag, all packed inside a reusable Home Goods bag, which will be oh so handy.
My mother-in-law and sister-in-law also got me these adorable white ceramic pieces, perfect for entertaining or decorating. I have an affinity for white ceramic dishes, as one would easily guess by my collection of white ceramic dishes, vases, candle holders, etc. I can totally see the long boat-like one with some Christmas tree balls and greens inside, and the compartment one with some chocolates and nuts for a party.
And of course, the remainder of my gifts from family were the greenest of all: cold hard cash. Which was spent by the weekend.
There you have it – a list of great green gifts that I personally enjoy, and ideas for gift giving of your own.