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Weekly Tips | December 05, 2013

Zero Waste Gifting

♫ Newest update to the Kindle Fire,
Racks and stacks of brand new clothes,
Plastic toys that’ll end up in the gyre,
All cap Black Friday fiascos. ♫

If you’re tired of tech upgrades and done with throwing elbows to grab a deal, fear not! There are plenty of gifts to give that don’t require getting rid of a mound of Styrofoam or a trip to the mall. Read on for some unique, waste-free holiday gift ideas.

DIY Gifts

There are many unique gifts you can create made from items you already have around the house. Mason jars, broken crayons, and once loved sweaters and t-shirts can all be repurposed into lovely gifts. Or take a peek at these 10 ideas for DIY stocking stuffers. Etsy and Pinterest also have countless DIY gifts ideas for friends and family. 

Urban Craft Uprising

If time isn’t on your side but you’d still like to give local, handmade gifts, check out Seattle’s largest indie craft show, Urban Craft Uprising, on December 7th and 8th from 11am– 5pm at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Over 60+ vendors will be attending selling jewelry, art, clothing, toys, accessories, and more to eager holiday shoppers. 

Eco-Chic Gifts

Check out the CleanScapes Store in Issaquah for eco-chic gifts for your loved ones including fun lunch containers, toys, hats, and jewelry made from recycled and upcycled materials. For other ideas on eco-holiday gifts check out this guide to eco-gift giving. 

Wrap it Up!

One last reminder, don’t forget your reusable bag for all your shopping trips this season! And when you’re ready to start wrapping gifts, ditch your single-use paper and wrap presents in reusable or recycled material.

Resources: Mason Jars | Stocking Stuffers | Etsy | Pinterest | Eco-gift guide | Urban Craft Uprising

The Big Picture

According to the US census, the nation’s department stores had $27 billion dollars in sales during December 2012. 

Sources: US Census


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