The holiday season is a time of year when there’s more of everything – shopping, eating, garbage, and good cheer. Here are some easy steps you can take to generate less waste this holiday season, while still making merry. You can be frugal, fancy, and fun during the holiday season!
1. Buy second-hand or vintage items
Second-hand items usually have a memorable story of how they were found or discovered. Candlestick holders, cake servers, and classic books are all wonderful gift ideas. Start thinking about where you might like to “find” a gift for someone special. Estate sales, garage sales, Craig’s list, Goodwill, and Value Village are always fun adventures and you never know what you’ll come home with. Take a friend or your partner and make it a date.
2. Re-use the same box for gift wrapping
When purchasing new items, don’t take the gift box when it is offered. Find one around your home to re-use, keep it on hand to use again and again. The same goes for tissue paper, which can be used many times. Don’t forget to bring you own shopping bags with you into the store, too.
3. Re-use ribbons
Keep the ribbons you receive on packages and re-use them. Press the ribbons with a very hot iron and trim ends to give them a fresh look. (Do not iron plastic ribbons.)
4. Use cloth bags instead of wrapping paper
Cloth bags can be sewn and used instead of wrapping paper. My family only likes the bags for small gifts. For most gifts, they like to unwrap the paper. (I want to sew bags for all gifts but my family shuns this concept.) Old maps are an excellent alternative for wrapping materials. Don’t overlook estate sales as a source for holiday gift wrap. It’s inexpensive and there’s always plenty of it.
5. Buy less stuff
Don’t over-buy this holiday season. Does anyone really need more stuff? Give a gift of time together instead of more stuff. Make sure you don’t over-spend either. Keep spending under control and you won’t have any regrets in January.
Give your love running shoes and commit to a walking or running program for the New Year. That’s what my husband and I give each other every year for Christmas. Can you say practical?
What do you do? Are you trying to buy less this year or same as last year? How do you like to decorate?
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