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

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