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12/14/09 9:09 P

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Is making what gifts I am giving

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Love the gift wrap link. Thanks for sharing!

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12/13/09 5:03 P

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I tried the link but didn't get the page but the site is terrific. I did find the Japanese way of wrapping called Furoshiki...I'm going to be doing some of that.





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12/13/09 2:38 P

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I'm going to try gift wrapping in this way...
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/eco-fri
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12/8/09 1:14 A

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There are some great ideas here...Thanks

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12/7/09 9:22 A

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You guys have some great ideas here!

I like to make homemade granola or trail mix and put it into recycled glass jars (from jam, pasta sauce, etc., which I collect all year) to give as gifts. I also avoid wrapping paper and use cut up magazines that I"m done reading or other types of containers that people reuse such as gift bags (if I'm in a pinch) or an actual useful product like a mixing bowl, a tin or the like. This year I am thinking about giving people things that aren't really things at all--such as donations in charities dear to their hearts, charity race entry fees, or handmade gifts.

I'm always at a loss about what to do when it comes to holiday cards. On one hands, you could go with a 100% recycled card, but they're hard to find and still result in waste. on the other hand, you could choose not to give cards at all. One suggestion would be to give a photo in an envelope with a personalized message on the back. That way, people can keep the photo and get a "card" at the same time.

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12/7/09 7:06 A

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Something for dog lovers...for the last 15 years, I've made homemade dog treats and use as many organic ingredients as I can afford at the time. On Christmas morning me, my husband and our dogs walk around our neighborhood and deliver them to neighbors with dogs. My husband and I wear Santa hats of course and the dogs have their coats on. I look forward to this every year and I think my neighbors do, too. emoticon

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12/6/09 1:14 P

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Wish I lived in your area, I just love the berries.





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12/6/09 11:23 A

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Where we live, cranberries and blueberries can be picked easily - we freeze a lot, then make cranberry sauce and blueberry jam for gifts when we have the time. We've made garden trellises and mini trellises for pots that have been great gifts for gardeners, I like any gifts that can be used in the garden or indoor gardening, or homemade sprouting kits with a bag of adzuki or mung beans or broccoli seeds with sprouting instructions, etc. I knit, and my kids are designing and sewing funky polartech hats, super easy, they made "running mittens" for their dad out of polartech too. We're giving donations to www.heifer.org this yr also, that's a great charity and the kids love to make cards showing the animals that will be gifted in honor of a relative. Sometimes we look through catalogs to get ideas of things to make, last year we made hot pepper jelly and a puppet theater and decoupage trays and tins (I use one with pictures of veg all over it to store seed packets). You can find instructions online to make almost anything you can think of, from tiny finger puppets to a backyard ice rink. We try to find gifts that tie in with a person's interests and dreams - and it helps to keep kids away from tv during the Christmas Commercial Season (one thing I'm glad we have available here is Netflix!) Hope everyone has a healthy and happy holiday...

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12/5/09 6:30 P

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I like the 'Advent Conspiracy' statement 'give more presence'. Don't we build relationships and memories by giving of our time in many different ways. I'm working on a way to put a bow on it.





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WOW Ann
That is really cool

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12/2/09 8:28 A

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I am giving home made jams, jellies and wine. All my items are grown organically here at home and packaged in glass recycleable jars or bottles. It will be given in a basket we trade back and forth every Christmas.

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11/30/09 10:58 A

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I'm doing the Advent Conspiracy www.adventconspiracy.org/ and giving to local charities in people's name.

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11/30/09 8:55 A

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I like the grapevine idea but I'm a long way from CA and it is a long drive to the MI vines. This is something that I could get into with availability.





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How about some homemade things. Gather grapevines and decorate with dried herbs.

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Thanks for sharing.

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My daughter recommended this website. They also have stores around the country. Everything is fair trade and completely run by volunteers:D

www.tenthousandvillages.com/home.php

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I order from the Greater Good Stores a few times a year!

~~~ Lynn ~~~ Pittsburgh, PA


The Secret of Health for both mind & body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or not to anticipate trouble, but to live in the present moment wisely & earnestly. ~ The Buddha

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There are some good ideas, usually prety inexpensive, at Greater Good Network stores:
greatergood.com/emails/2009/post-112
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One year I bought a lot of my Christmas gifts there. I may do so again this year!

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My little niece who is about 8 has taken to being very "green" I am a student a The Evergreen State College" taking environmental science and could not be more proud. I have committed to using all recycled wrapping paper. I am also going to adopt a tree in her name. Finally I will send ecards this year and for those that do not have computers Christmas Cards made out of recycled paper!What wonderful ideas so far and I must say I love this thread you started! I am looking forward to reading all the replies!

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My daughter loves to give Fair Trade Dark Chocolate:D

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I'm always looking for great ideas for Christmas and usually come up with them too late to buy.

One I suggest is shade grown coffee. It protects our environment by encouraging coffee grown in natural conditions that help support our migrating birds. Their winter habitat is our concern as well as the fly-ways and summer habitat.





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