GOING GREEN: Post 7. Holiday Greenliness
With the holiday season approaching, I thought I would try to gather some green ideas for gift giving. When I was younger, I always would watch as my mom would make piles and piles of delicious Austrian cookies, vanilla kipferln, and then place them beautifully on pretty ceramic plates as gifts for neighbors and friends.
The gift of food never disappoints, it shows that time and love have been put into it. And then rather than a paper plate, the ceramic plate acted as a more permanent gift. To this day, I have friends requesting the infamous kipferln ! And during the holiday season, the house is always filled with the warm scent of baking.
Even if you don’t have the desire to bake the cold days away, there are many other ways to let your creativity shine in the gifts that you share with friends and family…
* I am a big fan of Christmas markets. Though this is not as common as in Europe, there still exit markets where you have the opportunity to buy hand made local goods. There are a lot of pop up shops, as well as artist collectives, in Los Angeles that could be a good start to the holiday gift search.
* Recently, a friend lost their mother. It is hard to express yourself in times like this. Instead, we found a way to remember her by donating a tree to beplanted in her honor. During this season of giving, we often find that friends or family have enough, and giving a donation in their name, can be a nice way to help a local charity or cause that your friend believes in.
* If you are the creative type and like getting into a bit of a mess, you canmake beauty products for your friends like a bath scrub or bath bombs (http://www.marthastewart.com/271871/bath-fizzies). Or grab an old t-shirt and pair of scissors and make a necklace (http://www.wholeliving.com/article/t-shirt-necklace).
* Lastly, get rid of the wrapping paper ! It is a waste or paper and trees, when there are so many other options to get creative. Reuse newspaper or brown paper bags, paint them, add pretty ribbons… Grab old cloth that has been hiding in the closet and artfully twist and tie it up. The image above, beautifully exhibits how cool it can look.
Sounds green . Thank you Katrine .
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