What are some socially/environmentally conscious ways to shop for the holidays?

There are plenty of steps you can take for a socially/environmentally sound gift-giving season!

Today, many of us have many more material possessions than we need. Instead of material gifts, a monetary gift can be made in the recipient’s honor to his or her favorite charity. An especially nice way to personalize a donation is to send along a home-baked organic treat, such as cookies or tea cake with a card and a donation receipt.

No matter how much we already have, it is always nice to receive a special gift. Luckily, through the powers of the Internet, it is easy to find organic and environmentally conscious products online. Visit a few of our favorite sites listed below for gift ideas. Whatever you decide to purchase, be sure to wrap the gift with recycled wrapping paper. Cloth items, such as pillowcases and tablecloths, are beautiful wrapping materials that are also part of the gift.

Ten Thousand Villages
Global Girlfriend
Global Exchange

Happy shopping and gift giving!