Here is my updated annual list of fun gifts. Many are experiential. They are also environmentally friendly, because they come with little or no packaging and usually don’t need to be wrapped.
I know, the prettily wrapped gifts above don’t really represent the content of this blog, but I couldn’t resist the colorful photo!
I’ve added some very eco-friendly/zero waste gifts, too. They are unique, beautiful and a welcome gift to Mother Earth, as well as your friends and family! Just click on the photos to find where to buy them.
Give an Experience and Foster Great Memories
- Theater/Movie Tickets
- Sporting Events Tickets
- Concert Tickets
- Museum or Zoo Memberships
- Massage, Facial, Manicure, Pedicure
- A night at a Hotel and/or Dinner at a Fancy Restaurant
- Kayaking Adventure
- Hot Air Balloon Ride
- A Round of Golf
- Theme Park Tickets
- Indoor Rock Climbing
Dance, Yoga, Cooking, Golf, Tennis, Snowboard, Skiing, Drawing/Painting/Pottery
Audible – audio books
Photo Book Voucher
Family Recipe Book
Gather your favorite recipes and have them printed into a book – a keepsake that can be passed down from generation to generation.
A framed family recipe written in grandmother’s hand is a wonderful gift, as well.
Who doesn’t like something green to nurture and purify the household air?
You can give a gift card to a nursery for outdoor plants, shrubs and trees, too.
Car wash or oil change booklet
Dog Groomer or Pet Store
Providing food that the recipient actually eats is the ultimate clutter-free gift.
Use glass jars with cute labels and give infused oils, pesto, jams, sauces, pickles, etc.
Give a voucher for a loaf of bread a month for a year, or a meal a week for a few weeks. The latter is perfect for new parents or someone who just moved.
Make a Donation
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Audubon and other nature oriented non-profits often send the recipient a stuffed version of the animal they are helping to protect.
ECO-FRIENDLY/ZERO WASTE GIFTS
Bamboo Straws $1.50
Hundreds of millions of plastic straws are thrown away every year. They go into landfills and the oceans. Bamboo is reusable and biodegradable.
Stainless Straws $4.95
Bamboo Toothbrush $4.99
Millions of plastic toothbrushes are discarded annually.
Stainless Steel Food Containers $12 – $30
These beauties replace the toxic waste created by plastic bags and containers.
Food Wraps $17
These colorful, biodegradable, washable wraps are made from beeswax, tree resin and organic cotton. Use them to cover food in bowls, or wrap a sandwich. They keep food fresh and don’t add to the waste stream.
French Press Coffeemaker – $25-$50
Use a simple, environmentally friendly coffee maker instead of those small plastic cups that aren’t recyclable.