- Browse vintage boutiques and thrift stores
- Visit your local ReSource
- Put out an ask for a particular item on Front Porch Forum or your local Buy Nothing project
Give a gift that needs no packaging—an experience!
- Friends and family love the outdoors?
- Offer to pay the entrance fee for a national, state, or local park you know they would enjoy
- Friends and family love to learn?
- Gift a trip to one of Vermont’s many wonderful museums! Great options for kids alike
- Gift access to an online class – private tutoring, self-paced, and group lessons on almost any topic are out there!
- Gift access to an app-based or online language learning program
Looking for more ideas? Check out this Gift Guide from the Center for Biological Diversity
Consider stuffing stockings with reusable and/or plastic-free replacements to common stuffers and other household items*
*LRSWMD is providing examples but is not endorsing any particular product or company
Each year, an estimated 1.3 billion holiday cards are sold in the US (enough to fill a football field 10 stories high!)
- Instead of a traditional card, consider a handmade card on recyclable paper, an e-card, or a telephone call
- If you do purchase holiday cards, look for ones made of recycled paper and avoid those with glossy, shiny, or gold foil coatings since they can’t be recycled
- Save the cards you receive this year and cut off the front pictures to reuse as postcards or gift tags next year
- For an eye-catching gift tag, cut off the front of any holiday cards you received in the previous year and write the recipient’s name on the blank side
- Save on gift wrap by reusing intact pieces from the previous year, or by opting for a more durable material that you can use again and again, such as a cloth bag.
- Wrap small gifts in colorful pages torn from magazines
- Wrap large gifs using old maps or the Sunday comics
- Look for wrapping paper that is made of recycled paper and is itself recyclable
- Unwrap gifts carefully and save wrappings for reuse next year
- Save the ribbons and bows you receive on gifts and reuse them this or next year
Hosting a gathering this year? Check out the Guest-imator, which can help you plan shopping and portions to reduce unwanted leftovers
Here are a few tips for reducing food waste this season:
- Try not to over prepare food; instead try to prepare “just enough”
- Encourage friends and family to take leftovers home
- Practice “stem-to-root” cooking (for example, turn carrot tops into pesto or create a slaw out of broccoli stems)
- Put your oldest leftover holiday up front in the fridge so you remember to eat them first
- Store leftovers in the freezer to enjoy after you’ve had a break from them for a little while
- Search “holiday leftover recipes” online for new ideas
Check out our page on local food donation options