Tis’ the sea­son for giv­ing gifts, spread­ing joy & liv­ing in excess! 

Ikea Hol­i­day Decor

Here are 10 tips on how to become a lean, green hol­i­day machine.

  1. We all love get­ting hol­i­day cards in the mail, but this year save a tree and some mon­ey by send­ing out e‑cards to your loved ones.
  2. If your fam­i­ly will gath­er around a tree this year why not make it a pot­ted, liv­ing tree that you can either keep around for next year, or plant in the back­yard as a reminder of a great hol­i­day spent togeth­er?
  3. Pur­chase LED lights to make your tree sparkle!  I will admit they take some get­ting use to, but you will be thank­ful when you ener­gy bill comes due.
  4. Make your own orna­ments from dough. This is a great activ­i­ty for the whole fam­i­ly to take part in, and it only costs pen­nies. 
  5. Pine cones can be used in all sorts of nifty ways.  They can be made into a beau­ti­ful, inex­pen­sive cen­ter­piece with just a lit­tle spray paint or glit­ter, you can make bird feed­ers out of them with some peanut but­ter & bird seed, or you can give them as gifts by dip­ping them in can­dle wax to be used as a fire starter.
  6. Plan a hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tion swap meet!  Invite your friends and fam­i­ly over to exchange their unwant­ed dec­o­ra­tions.  This is a great way to have fun, save mon­ey & get new-to-you dec­o­ra­tions!
  7. Buy car­bon off­sets as a gift for friends & fam­i­ly who are trav­el­ing for the hol­i­day sea­son.
  8. Green your gift giv­ing by hand mak­ing your own, re-gift­ing items, or buy­ing LOCAL and/or bat­tery-free gifts.
  9. For more green gift­ing ideas you can vis­it treehugger.com and look through their 2012 Gift Guide.
  10. After acquir­ing all of your groovy, green gifts remem­ber to go light on the wrap­ping.  Get inven­tive with your wrap­ping tech­niques.  Use items around the house to make your own wrap­ping, or buy recy­cled wrap­ping paper.

 

Hap­py Hol­i­days every­one!