Photo: Give the gift of a healthy environment

Give the gift of green this season, who needs more stuff?

I don't need any more stuff. You probably don't either. So give the most thoughtful gift this holiday season by not giving anything (store-bought) at all!

What could you possibly be hoping to receive that's of greater value than a healthy environment? Shiny toys, fancy gems and giant gift baskets pale in comparison to the value of our ecosystems. Plus, it affects nature when we buy a whole lot of stuff — and wrapping — we don't need.

Cookies and compassion

Holiday donations and heartfelt homemade goodness are the recipes for success at our house:

  1. Make cookies, soap or mulled wine mix for friends and family
  2. Donate to charity (the David Suzuki Foundation would do nicely)
  3. Bake until golden, wrap with fabric and enjoy the warmth all year

    Some years, we also invite our friends to pool resources and make a larger charitable gift. It's a rewarding way to foster community.

My gift to you is a healthy environment

Cute gift tags ensure friends and family enjoy the benevolent side of their gift while indulging in the shortbread side!

Making your own set of tags couldn't be easier — because my gift to you is a printable template! Print and attach tags that read "No more stuff: My gift to you is a healthy environment" to your of holiday treats!

The circle is designed to fit on the top of a Mason jar lid. The rectangle looks great on any gift.

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Gifting kids a healthy environment

Grown ups will appreciate you not filling their house with stuff they don't need. The littlest merrymakers might be another story.

While my kids are excited to be involved in our philanthropic endeavors, they would certainly balk if their stockings were stuffed with charitable donations. (Besides, I love seeing their faces light up when they open the perfect gift!)

So how do we give those we love most the gift that matters most? An incredible experience— like tickets to a play, sports game or concert— is sure to deliver both a merry Christmas and a healthy environment.

How will you give a healthy environment this season?

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