Super Bowl LVI ended in a 23-20 win for the Los Angeles Rams over the Cincinnati Bengals. As is the custom, the gridiron action was framed by record-settingly expensive ads, but maybe for the first time, selling more #stuff wasn’t on the agenda. Apps, consumable snacks and experiences led the way this year, with even the biggest consumer products pitched — automobiles — being mostly #sustainable electric vehicles. It’s too soon to tell, but The Organizing Blog thinks that maybe this is an indication that the country has finally turned the corner on #clutter.
What’s more #sustainable than a #gift you make yourself? Food items are ideal — your homemade cookies and candies will be consumed without creating lots of #clutter or landfill waste. If you have a knack for sewing, woodworking or another craft, use it (quickly) to create a one-of-a-kind gift. You can also find lightly used household items (glassware, tchotchkes, gifts, games, etc.) to give at the #secondhand stores supplied by ClothingDonations.org. You’ll be helping #veterans and shopping local — while checking those last-minute gifts off your list. #SustainableShopping #LastMinuteGifts
If you’re stuck for a #gift idea and want to give something the recipient will enjoy all year long, there’s now a subscription serivce to suit everyone’s tastes. The Strategist suggests a number of bespoke boxes for foodies, wine aficionados and coffee addicts; the beauty-obsessed and fashionistas; avid readers, gamers and outdoorspersons; and doting pet and plant parents. Prices vary, but gift boxes offer multiple months of discovery and delight. Just remind your giftees to #recycle or #reuse the carboard boxes that arrive on their porches every month. #SustainableShopping #LastMinuteGifts
If you’re looking to give gift sustainably, there are a number of “green” options that can reduce your giftees’ reliance on natural resources. For instance, Rolling Stone suggests a solar charger that hangs in a window, reusable boxes and bottles, digital thermostats, and of course, rechargeable batteries. Other options include stylish cool-weather clothing made of sustainable wool, recycled cotton and hemp fibers. And for the ultimate in ecofriendliness, consider a countertop compost bin to help your friends feed their organic gardens. #SustainableShopping
The Organizing Blog regularly espouses the benefits of reducing, reusing and recycling used clothing and household goods, and you can slash waste even as you buy #holiday #gifts for family and friends. Utopia.org suggests a variety of ecofriendly gifts such as a reusable water bottle to cut plastic waste, a donation to an environmental preservation group or planting a tree. But best gift of all this season, the site says, is the gift of time. It’s hard to come by and incredibly valuable, and spending a few hours or sharing a meal with family and friends will make an unforgettable gift. #SustainableShopping