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unwanted-christmas-presents-ebay-sell-gumtreeConsumerism can get a little out of hand, especially at this time of year. According to www.recycleworks.org, waste per household increases by 25% between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Americans throw away 4 million tons of gift wrapping and shopping bags annually, buy 2.65 billion holiday cards, and spend an average of just over $700 on holiday gifts. It’s no wonder that a national survey found 70% of Americans wish there was less of a focus on holiday gift giving.

Now that we’re in December, our thoughts turn to gift selections we’ll be making for our friends and family this holiday season. With that in mind, why not do something not only completely different, but easy, green, and most of all – – life changing.

To help you keep more green in your pocket, and be more green with your giving ideas, here are some ideas and fabulous websites for more resources:

  • Create a “Get Out of Chores Free” coupon book for the kids.
  • Provide Coupons for Services such as washing the dog, shopping, back rubs, babysitting or lawn mowing.
  • Create a memory book for friends and family.
  • Bake cookies and put them in a recyclable container and enclose the recipe.
  • Give an annual pass to the zoo or local museum.
  • Consider sending E-cards over the internet instead of mailing cards.
  • Make a donation in someones name to a charity they know and hold near and dear.
  • Purchase a “Giving eCard” through the Giving First organization at www.coloradogives.com. This allows them to select a charity of their choice. www.Givingfirst.org is an online resource featuring hundreds of Colorado charities.

For more ideas, go on-line and do a search for “green gift ideas” and “eco-friendly gifts” which will provide a wide range of informative websites. And Finally, Remember…..

“The Little Things”
It really is the little things
That mean the most of all…
The “let me help you with that” things
That may seem very small
The “I’ll be glad to do it” things
That make your cares much lighter
The “laugh with me, it’s funny” things
That make your outlook brighter
The “never mind the trouble” things
The “yes, I understand”
The interest and encouragement..
It really is the little things
The friendly word or smile
that add such happiness to life and
make it worthwhile!

Mary Dawson Hughes

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