Tip of the Week: Keep Gift Giving Planet Friendly This Year

Keep the health of our planet in mind this year when selecting gifts for your loved ones. Enjoyable experiences, special thrift shop finds, and up-cycled or home made goods can all be thoughtful choices, and better for the planet than buying new material goods. Some ideas:

  • a donation to a cause you love such as Green Newton!
  • a membership to the Appalachian Mountain Club, Mass Audubon, or the Trustees which provide access to many hiking trails in and around Massachusetts.
  • original set of Trivial Pursuit from the 80’s
  • a gift certificate to classes through the Newton Art Center or Newton Community Ed (both in person and online courses offered)
  • try your hand at making truffles (easier than you think)
  • a subscription to a newspaper or magazine (online only versions are available)
  • make a salt scrub using olive oil, kosher salt, and essential oils
  • a subscription to a music service such as Spotify, Apple Music, or Idagio
  • a subscription to a video viewing service such as Netflix, Hulu, or Britbox
  • sew simple sachets using old fabric filled with lavender to help scent drawers