During the holiday season, it can be frustrating buying gifts that might end up just cluttering your loved ones’ homes. We’ve put together some ideas for gifts that are healthy for the planet yet still thoughtful and enjoyable.
Here is our list of 10 no-clutter, environmentally friendly holiday gifts:
1. National or California State Park annual pass
Give the gift of exploring California’s diverse and beautiful Natural Parks. From beaches to forests to deserts, our state is blessed with a multitude of stunning landscapes. For California State Parks, you can purchase an annual day use pass gift certificate, which can be used at these State Parks. You can also buy an annual pass for these National Parks.
2. “Adopt” an endangered animal
A fun and adorable way your gift can better the environment is through the “adoption” of an endangered animal. World Wildlife Fund and National Wildlife Federation are two of the many organizations that offer this fun and impactful gift option. You can choose from a wide variety of wild animals.
3. Classes and workshop passes
There are so many classes offered nowadays, from online language classes to pottery to cooking and more. Maybe your loved one always said they wanted to take a certain class but never got around to signing up. Help them get started on learning something new!
4. Supplies for a victory garden
Victory gardens — essentially small home gardens — originated during World War I when there were food shortages. But they have experienced a resurgence the past few years. Think of your loved one’s favorite vegetables, as well as vegetables that are easy to grow (here is a good guide for beginners). And don’t forget basic supplies like soil and shovels!
5. Toy library subscription
Toy libraries are great for families with creative young kids who love trying new things — plus they are loads cheaper than brand-new toys. Local libraries often offer their own toy rentals. Some sites like Toy Library offer year-long subscriptions for a wide variety of safe, sanitized toys that kids can keep!
6. Tickets to a show or game
Tickets can be so expensive nowadays, and sales can slip by unnoticed. A pre-purchased ticket to a show or game would be a well-appreciated gift.
7. Audiobook/ebook gift card
Audiobooks and ebooks are increasingly popular and make books much more accessible. Allow your loved one to an audiobook as they commute or read newly released books without having to buy a physical copy. Audiobooks and Audible are just a few of the many companies that offer gift cards and gift memberships.
8. Museum membership/tickets
It can be hard for busybodies to make time for a fun day trip like going to a museum. California’s many museums will never fail to impress, especially for kids! Museums often offer day passes and memberships as gifts.
9. A homemade recipe
Cooking for a loved one is common, but have you thought about offering them that secret recipe for your legendary toffee or your unbeatable pasta? They will be delighted to be able to continue your legacy!
10. Donate to an organization in your loved one’s name
A great, all-around feel good gift you can give is the gift of making a difference. Organizations around the world are doing important work to help the environment and address the climate crisis (including us!), and would greatly appreciate a donation in your loved one’s name.