WasteWise Holiday: Gift Giving

WasteWise Holiday: Gift Giving
Posted on 12/17/2020

This year’s series of holiday waste prevention tips includes ways to conserve resources and save money while keeping us safe, healthy and connected with loved ones during the holiday season.


For many, finding that perfect holiday gift for loved ones is an important part of the holiday season. There are many creative ways to give meaningful gifts that are also waste wise.


Handmade Gifts

  • Make bath or beauty supplies. Instructions for making soaps, scrubs and other bath items are readily available online. Gather your household and whip up a batch of seasonal soap to share with loved ones.
  • Sew something wonderful. From beginner to advanced, sewing projects provide a wide variety of opportunities to create personalized gifts. Embroidering napkins, pillows or decorative hangings allows you to get creative. Following simple instructions online to create clutches, book covers or blankets can leave you with a trove of treasures to gift.
  • Plant a seed. Decorate plant pots with paints, potato stamps, or decoupage and plant your loved one’s favorite plant or flower for a gift that brings joy long past the holiday season.
  • Record yourself reading a book. This is especially great if you have two or three people on your list that will enjoy listening to the same book. Kids can do this, too. An older child can record a story book for younger siblings or cousins.


Local Business Gift Certificates

  • Many local businesses have been hit hard by COVID-19 and state restrictions. Consider purchasing gift cards for a favorite local restaurant, service provider or other small business to give this year.


DIY Gift Wrap

  • Decorate cereal, shoe or other boxes to use as gift boxes.
  • Use comics, maps, calendars, posters and fabric wrapping in place of wrapping paper. Fabric wrapping can be knotted, pinned or tied with a ribbon.
  • Reuse last year’s bows. Make bows out of yarn, dried flowers, video/ audio tape, or Mylar food wrappers.
  • Package gifts such as baking mixes, bath supplies and more in mason jars. Use fabric scraps or wrapping paper for decorative lids. Clay flower pot bases can be used as a lid and secured to the pot with ribbon, twine or string.
  • Write the name on the wrapping itself or make tags from last year’s holiday cards.


WasteWise Lane County offers education, tools and resources that residents, schools and businesses can use to reduce waste, conserve resources and live more sustainably. To find out what can be reused or recycled visit https://www.lanecountyor.gov/wastewise. Be sure to sign up for waste prevention e-news and alerts and ‘like’ us on Facebook!