The best thing about this time of year? Buying presents for people I love, hands down. I absolutely love shopping (which is a big reason why I love writing for College Fashion!), and when I can do it for other people — not just myself — I go absolutely crazy.
But sometimes all that extra consuming makes me feel less-than-awesome about myself. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to show your affection without dropping tons of dollars on clothing, accessories or other gifts that can harm the environment. Eco-friendly gifts are a thoughtful way to show your loved ones — and Mother Earth — how much you care.
1. DIY - Do It Yourself
Obviously, going DIY is the ultimate way to be eco-friendly this holiday season. Some quick and easy DIY gift ideas? When I'm strapped for ideas (and cash), I like to mod podge whatever I can get my hands on. My fave item to mod podge? I love collaging lighters with magazine photos of my friend/family member's favorite things (band logos, food items, fashion accessories, etc.) Everybody has candles they could use a light for — and odds are you have some old lighters lying around (and we know you have fashion mags!)
Other DIY ideas include re-gifting an unused item (like that extra unopened bottle of lotion under your sink) or sending something virtual (i.e., an online photo montage, a virtual gift certificate or an e-card for the extra people in your life you can't afford to buy for, but don't want to leave out!) - that way, you're being kind to your friends AND the environment.
2. Eco tees
Tees are any easy apparel item to buy for others, especially if you want to surprise them. (It's kinda obvious you're buying someone a pair of jeans or shoes when you ask for their size!) Plus, eco-friendly tees are relatively cheap — not to mention super comfortable if you find one made from bamboo or organic cotton. They also make great stocking stuffers - just roll them up nicely!
Cheap and useful, an eco-friendly shopping bag really is the gift that keeps on giving. I think lots of people are under the impression reusable shopping bags have to be ugly or cheap-looking. But really, you can use any bag to carry your groceries and new purchases in — a cute new purse could easily double as a grocery bag when need be!
Are you having an eco-friendly holiday this year?
It's super important to be conscious of your purchases this time of year. (After all, it's too easy to get out of hand — I know!) What do you think about going eco-friendly this holiday? Do you have any other environmentally conscious gift ideas? Let's talk in the comments!