Instead of careening madly around stores desperately purchasing gifts this holiday season (translation: possibly useless stuff that is not needed or wanted), make the getting and giving of gifts smart and easy – change the present this year!
The “new” present is one that inspires people to live healthier lives, makes the world a better place, supports good people and companies, doesn’t create excess waste…and of course, makes your getters really, truly, very happy!
Remember that your money is your power and every penny you spend is a vote for something. Buying made-in-China, lead-laced toys or buying an organic piece of clothing made in Canada tells the maker to make more…what do you want more of in our world? Spend wisely, and buy from your own local businesses that support good values.
It’s obviously important to take your “receiver” into account. Your eco-freak friend will appreciate that you adopted a snowman (who lost their family at sea due to global warming) in her honour, but your colleague who takes a plastic bottle to the gym every day and upgrades his cellphone and computers perpetually will probably appreciate concert tickets more.
Aside from the many wonderful online eco-focused stores, there are many local retailers featuring smarter products these days – so think outside of the giftbox and wrap it up our way!
We hope our new 2013 Good Gift Guide inspires you in your quest to give the perfect eco-happy present.