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Green Gifts Under $25, Green Homemade Gifts, Green Christmas Trees and Green New Year’s Eve

Photo by Nick Dor, http://www.ndphoto.com

Somehow, the days keep rolling by and it’s now December 8. Clearly still the beginning of the month, but if you don’t have your tree yet and you haven’t started shopping yet, you’re likely feeling as though managing your month is somewhat similar to holding onto a live fish with your bare hands. In an effort to help (you and me both), I’ve compiled some great ideas for shopping, wrapping and giving.

Photo by Nick Dor, http://www.ndphoto.com

Christmas trees: Where to get a living Christmas tree, and now that you have one, how to take care of a living Christmas tree. Don’t want a tree at all? Here’s how to enjoy them in nature.

Presents, gifts, goodies, stocking-stuffers, swag: So you want to be a little more environmentally conscientious this season, but don’t really know what that means as far as gift giving? Green Your Decor gives us some insight, and now that you’re mulling over the different

ways in which gifts can be eco-friendly, try any of these amazing Green gifts under $25 from Jennifer Grayson on Huffington Post, Care2’s suggestions for handmade gifts, and Green Talk’s ideas for green wrappings, ribbons and trimmings.

After the 25th: Now that you’ve got Christmas all wrapped up, here are some tips on how to green your New Year’s Eve party from Planet Green.

-Jocelyn Broyles

Green Your Christmas Holiday with a Living Tree

Photo http://www.christmastree company.com

When it comes down to how you’re going to green your Christmas, you’ve got about seven gazillion options, but the one thing nearly everyone does first, is go get a tree. And there’re definitely opposite sides of the fence when it comes to the sustainability of living trees, versus cut trees, versus plastic trees.

Having done my research, as I am wont to do, when you’re considering your green Christmas tree, plastic trees loose. Hands down. They’re generally made of PVC (nasty, old-format plastic made in China that off gasses toxins left and right) and even if they’re made of newer, less toxic petrochemicals, the trees often contain lead that flakes off over the years and their cores are often PVC.

Photo from lulu.com boots by schu

So what’s a girl to do? Put on some all natural mascara, some non-formaldehyde (among other things) vegan nail polish, some animal-friendly boots and go decorate the tree in your front yard – and don’t be tree-ist! Any tree will do, whether it’s got piney-type needles or not. Just ask the folks at SF Environment, where for $100 they will loan you a non-traditional, San Francisco-friendly potted tree, pick it up at your home after the Holiday and plant it for you somewhere in the city!

There are also mini-tree options if you live in a small space, want to give a tree, or just want to simplify your life. The Pinery, out of So. Cal., offers a variety of trees and tree-like options.

-Jocelyn Broyles