1 green thing: Thinking early about green gifts

By Jan Herbert

Rockford Park District

Whether you were “green” before the color was fashionable or whether you’re just ready to find the “shade” that works best for you, here’s information about doing just “one green thing.”

Not sure about you, but as the holidays grow closer, I always begin to think about the things I could do that might substitute for a gift. You know, the cookies you bake for the woman down the street, and the fudge you might leave for the postal delivery person.

Here are a few “green gifts” you might not think of ordinarily:

1) Consider purchasing a water heater blanket for your parents or grandparents. If grandma is living alone, this may not be something she has.

2) Buy a few tubes of caulk and help your neighbor get ready for winter (or do your home first, and then offer to show them how!)

3) Buy extra compact fluorescent light bulbs, wrap (do I need to remind you again to reuse the funny papers instead of sending for recycling?) to have them ready for quick gift-giving. Women will know what I mean … you can use these for “last-minute” gifts or gift exchanges that you forgot about. They will not do you much good at the cookie exchange party, but they make thoughtful gifts anyway.

For more information, e-mail Jan Herbert at JanHerbert@RockfordParkdistrict.org.

From the November 18-24, 2009 issue

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