Create a 'Feel-Good' Christmas this year

While we all have our treasured traditions to uphold, there’s something to be said for taking on a new family tradition. It’s something new that you can see with childlike vision, or feel with a rejuvenated heart and spirit. Today there are many eco-friendly holiday hacks to bring some green to your Christmas calendar.

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Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy; while giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful; and having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted.
— Gautama Buddha

Here are a few ideas that think about the environment, eliminate needless ‘gift giving waste’, and hold a special place in the hearts of the receiver!

 

1.    Handmade Greeting Cards

 

If you haven’t yet heard of the Green Field Paper Company, we urge you to check them out. With a unique and eco-friendly line up of seed-embedded paper, repurposed junk mail card stock, hemp paper and more, they are true innovators for a green Christmas!

 

2.    Giving an Experience

 

According to USA Today, we shouldn’t be giving adults Christmas presents. Not only do people typically have everything they need or want already, but novelty items too often end up in landfills. As an alternative, experiences mean so much to the receiver. Try to search out concerts or trade shows happening in your area, or better yet – plan a nice homemade mealand send your loved one a personalized invitation. Now that’s how you spread some authentic holiday cheer. 

 

3.    Give a ‘Wild’ Gift

 

Most of us may have a conservationist, hunting enthusiast or wildlife aficionado on our list. Here are some of our top favourite ‘do-good’ agencies. You can either buy your secret santa a membership, adopt wildlife, or make a donation in their honour. 

 

Ontario Nature Membership– Give the Gift of Nature in Ontario

Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre– Adopt-a-Turtle Kit!

Gamiing Nature Centre– Winter Camping Package

Tribute Giving– at the Toronto Humane Society