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How To Have A Heartfelt Holiday

The holiday season is upon us, and you know what that means. It’s time to start the holiday checklist. shutterstock_343086338We’ve rounded up some great gift ideas that will make you the gift-giver of the season, while keeping Mother Nature in mind. This year, you can make a difference while making memories.

* queue the Christmas music*

Give the gift of homemade, organic soaps, lotions, and more!

Ok everyone, it’s time to put on your Pinterest hats and start getting creative! This holiday season, take the time to give a gift that is truly from the heart. A handmade gift is not only environmentally conscious, but it is a great way to get the family together for some good, wholesome bonding. There are many DIY websites that offer instructions and suggestions for easy-to-make homemade toiletries and accessories for the home.  Your local craft and hobby stores will have some great suggestions and resources as well!

Create your own repurposed décor.

Once again, DIY is the way to go this year! Visit your local thrift stores, antique malls, and ReStore (Habitat for Humanity) to find used doors, windows, pallets, or other recycled products to create amazingly unique furniture and home décor. It’s super easy, too. Example: slap some chalkboard paint on an old window, add a few garnishments for a finishing touch, and BAM! You’ve got yourself a one-of-a-kind gift that mom is going to cherish for years to come.

Donate or volunteer.

This is probably one of the humblest gifts you could give. Even those of us who have little to contribute can find the holiday season brimming with opportunities to donate our time or money. There is an abundance of organizations in our communities that are in desperate need of donations, big or small, and donations are especially crucial this time of year. If you are interested in donating or volunteering yourself or in honor of someone this holiday season, you can contact any of your local organizations listed:

  • Food pantries
  • Homeless shelters
  • Churches
  • Retirement homes
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Libraries
  • Animal Shelters
  • YMCA
  • Red Cross or Salvation Army

 Tips for Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping:

  • Wrap gifts in old maps, paper bags, or newspapers.
  • Embellish gifts with nature, such as a pine cone or a sprig of needles from a tree. Anything of this “nature” will do.
  • Reuse grocery boxes and shoe boxes to wrap gifts in.
  • Wrap or place your gift inside a reusable bag, such as a tote.

We hope that these tips will help add some positivity and cheer to your holiday celebrations!

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