A green Christmas does not have to begin and end with the Christmas tree, the gifts placed under the tree can also be green. Sharing a green lifestyle through the Christmas gifts given, or trying to encourage gift recipients to live a greener lifestyle, can be affordable and stylish with these green Christmas gift ideas.
Basket of Fresh Foods Makes Green Christmas Gift
A basket of fresh vegetables or fruits from a local farmer’s market is green Christmas gift idea that will be welcomed by most anyone on your Christmas gift list. When the fresh vegetables or fruit has been eaten (with peels tossed in the compost pile) the basket can be recycled and reused in numerous ways.
If you love to bake, a basket of fresh, homemade breads, cookies or muffins makes a green Christmas gift and is sure to be a welcomed gift during the hectic Holiday season.
Green Christmas Gifts in a Home Canned Jar
Home canned vegetables, fruits, salsa, pickles or jellies make for a delicious green Christmas gift. Gussy up the home canned Mason jar filled with delicious food with a simple raffia bow and include a little gift tag instructing the Christmas gift recipient to return the Mason jar for more home canned goodies. That little trick almost guarantees the Mason jar will be returned.
Potted Plants for Now and Later
Vegetables and fruits, fresh or canned not favorable idea? Give the green Christmas gift of potted plants. Plants or flowers that have been planted in a container of soil can provide bloom beauty during the Christmas season, then be planted into an outdoor flower garden when spring arrives. Christmas amaryllis and chrysanthemums are good examples of Holiday potted plants that can keep sharing their beauty for years to come with proper care. After the potted plant has been planted into the outdoor flower garden, even the container can be recycled and reused for other gardening projects.
Green Christmas Ideas Include Gift Certificates
Gift certificates for non-material things also make perfect green Christmas gifts when you know the gift recipients likes or lifestyle. A gift certificate for a massage, a music lesson or a session with a personal fitness trainer are green Christmas gift ideas that may be the perfect match for someone on your Christmas list.
Green Christmas gifts are not necessarily cheap (as many mistakenly think), green gifts are those that don’t add more ‘stuff’ to the environment, are practical, reusable and/or non-material.