by Tammy Taylor
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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 – being very environmentally aware is just part of who I am. But 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 receivers you’ve got to wonder, can you really give more environmentally-friendly gifts that they’ll actually love? As it turns out, yes.
I hate those light-weight plastic razors so I’ve owned and exclusively used a vintage Gillette safety razor for several years, but RancherMan’s always used the 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 the Taylor Household, can you hear the choirs singing?? I got him this 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)
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 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! 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 still purchased toys for our grandbabies. But this year will be different. Our kids have said that they’re wanting to pull away from the holiday excess that’s been lavished on the children in the past so this year they have asked for non-consumer gifts for the grandbabies. (oh yeah, you know that makes me happy!) So RancherMan & I have decided to give experience gifts to our grandbabies this year (ages five to eleven).
There are lots of options and we’re having so much fun planning – I’d really love to take 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 options such as taking them to museums, exhibits or maybe lunch and a movie with an ice cream treat afterwards. It’s going to be a blast & we’re really looking forward to starting a new tradition – these memories will far outlast any toy we could have purchased for them.
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 – triple chocolate truffles! 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 I’ve asked for a 1/2 batch this time because I
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 can’t be bought – 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-related as well as project related. Feel free to peruse that post here to see what gifts we’ve given in the past. 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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