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MCGRATH2 Posts: 2,487
12/8/08 5:56 A

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You guys are all so creative!!
Thanks for the ideas - and keep posting.
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12/2/08 6:05 A

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I have been shopping on Ebay for tiffany jewelry. You can get some really nice stuff for a great price. It is a nice expensive looking gift, but still reused. Works for green if you ask me.

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11/28/08 3:21 P

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I found some really cool bamboo gardening gloves at the hardware store this week, that I thought would make a great gift!

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11/28/08 1:31 P

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I just bought some white linen cloths and holiday ribbon. I can use the cloths all year/occassions..and just interchange the ribbons per festive-ness.

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11/28/08 11:47 A

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Thats a great idea! I can find Christmas dishtowel for CHEAP! :)

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11/26/08 8:58 P

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For the last couple of years I have been using fancy-colorful dish towels as wrapping paper. They can be used for tissue paper inside of baskets (as a wrapping for presents) or you can wrap them around the gift and tie it with a nice piece of ribbon, etc.



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11/26/08 1:33 P

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I'm considering giving reusable shopping bags as the wrapping for presents...that way the family can't say: I'd go bagless, but I don't own a bag! :)

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Great ideas! One year, I sent a valentine's day present to my sister in a big box from Eggo waffles and decorated the box by drawing hearts all over with a red sharpie & writing "Everyone loves waffles!" with a blue one. She said the people in her college mailroom were laughing when she came to pick it up, and she loved it!

Unfortunately, the postal service won't let you use old boxes like that anymore - they have to have all the writing/decoration covered up. It's especially frustrating when the postal service DOES try to be green in so many other ways, like using re-refined motor oil in their trucks.

One year, the grocery store where I shop had pretty decorated paper sacks, so I wrapped all my gifts in those, then added old cloth ribbons from the thrift store and glued on things like pine cones for decoration - everyone thought they were so pretty!

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11/26/08 8:41 A

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I have several wrapping bags that are made from old shirts I have bought at yard sales or kids have out grown, all in Christmas type colors. I sew up the sleeves and neck, put in a drawstring and have a nice wrapping bag. The first year, my family thought I had gone nuts LOL

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11/25/08 3:26 P

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I was thinking about something like that too! Even using cereal boxes for shirts and stuff. THe family will get a kick out of it!


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11/25/08 2:52 P

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I saw a neat idea the other day in a magazine. They took scraps of material and covered a container and used that to put their gifts in. I am thinking of using sour cream and cottage cheese containers. They were really pretty and could be used for a number of things later. I sew a lot, so I have tons of scrap material.

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11/25/08 2:40 P

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I'm trying to think of re-usable wrapping ideas...such as nice boxes or crates....but I'm not sure what I'm doing yet.

I'm asking for eco-friendly waterbottles from my Mom.
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11/22/08 7:54 A

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The candles sound lovely.

I made beeswax taper candles one year. They were a big hit! This year I have a ton of preserves made to gift.

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11/20/08 9:54 A

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I'm making candles as gifts this year. You can be eco-friendly by using beeswax or soy wax instead of the usual petroleum based wax.
Candles are easy to make and you can be really creative by decorating them or getting pretty molds and making them in gorgeous colors. I'm doing jar candles with shaped chunks in a contrasting color that I cut out using small cookie cutters.

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11/15/08 12:47 P

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One good thing to do is buying on thrift stores - you can find nice and cheap things, and also help some organizations, like the Salvation Army.

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10/23/08 3:56 P

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I'm a Christmas gift maker. One of the key ingredients is the baskets that are left over when someone gives you a gift basket! (Also makes me wonder how many hands those baskets travel through)

I like to make goodies from the garden, knit something, craft something etc, they have always gone down well.

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10/18/08 5:13 P

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For some cool "non-stuff" ideas check out this site. My husband and I have used them a couple years in a row and they are especially good for teacher gifts and for others who really don't need another coffee mug!

goodgifts.org/

hint: I once gave my family members 25m of cleared minefield!

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10/17/08 3:47 P

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One on the nicest gifts I recieved was from an ex-boyfriend's grandmother. She knit me a beautiful afghan. I really appreciated that and cherrished it.

When my husband & I got married one of our groomsmen gave us a homemade quilt for a gift. That was so touching and we treat it with great pride & joy.

I really would lie to learn to knit or crochet. I think I might learn in the spring.


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10/17/08 1:42 P

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I like the jars idea. That would be fun to do and a great gift. I did make the grand kids all afghans this year and if there is time, I might make them slippers to match them.

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10/17/08 8:08 A

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I am a gift maker also. Actually, I don't really know why I'm responding to this post because I'm more of a scrooge about Christmas than a tiny Tim. Anyway, I've made scarves and blankets in the past and this year I plan on doing cookie and bread mixes in glass jars with a piece of fabric on the top and the instructions on a card.

If you are a yard sales or thrift stores I'm sure you would find used jars and fabric or clothing that can be used for the lids. Plus you know you're not giving something that has a lot of wrapping or packaging to be thrown away.

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10/16/08 9:26 P

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My mother-in-law is the best at this. She shops yard sales all year long for gifts and finds some of the greatest things that you couldn't find anywhere else. I try to make many of my gifts or find gently used items that can be "freshened" up with a new coat of paint or something like that.

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10/16/08 3:33 P

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I'm trying to give useful items this year.
I've been making preserves and I'm planning to make suet balls to feed the birds. Most of my family have yards that I thought it would be nice for them to feed the birds.

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10/16/08 2:26 P

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This is a great idea! Thanks!


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Great idea! Since I fly home for Christmas and a lot of my family is hard to shop for, I try to give experiences (concert tickets, gift certificates for dinner & a movie, etc. or a charitable donation in their name) rather than material things. They seem to appreciate not having another "thing" in their house, and I'm happy not to have to pack so much for the plane trip! Some larger cities even offer promotional "green holidays" tickets to museums or other attractions. Hope this helps!

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10/16/08 1:11 P

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I was hoping everyone could share some of their ideas for a more eco-friendly Christmas. for me, it is not too early to start planning, we have a big family.
Personally, I have been checking out the yard sales in our area as I pass and have found some cool stuff for gifts. I have already warned the family that they will be getting gently used rather then brand new things this year. Everyone seems to be fine with it. I told them it was a "challenge" LOL

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