Tis the season, and we all are buying gifts. The question is how to do so without saddling friends and families with returns, throwaway gift paper or mounds of fattening desserts.
Here are seven gift ideas that show you care for not only the person receiving the gift, but also for people and planet.
Other ideas include giving a digital movie or digital music. If you have a millennial on your list, a digital gift will demonstrate you care -- and that you may be cooler than they thought.
One idea is signing someone up for a CSA (community supported agriculture) membership. These memberships deliver in-season fruits and vegetables to the door. We all need to eat more good-for-us food. Make it easy for a friend or loved one by giving them a CSA membership.
Or, in the spirit of shopping local, search out your community’s artists and craftspeople. So many of these talented people are repurposing things to make art -- and giving them your patronage will brighten their day as well as your loved one's.
Millennials love experiences. Research has found that 78 percent of millennials would choose to spend money on a desirable experience over buying something. Give your millennial something they really want. Give them an experience. Take comfort in knowing that this year they will not be throwing gift wrapping paper away or going through the hassle of exchanging your gift so they can buy the fun time they're really after.
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Bill Roth is a cleantech business pioneer having led teams that developed the first hydrogen fueled Prius and a utility scale, non-thermal solar power plant. Using his CEO and senior officer experiences, Roth has coached hundreds of CEOs and business owners on how to develop and implement projects that win customers and cut costs while reducing environmental impacts. As a professional economist, Roth has written numerous books including his best selling The Secret Green Sauce (available on Amazon) that profiles proven sustainable best practices in pricing, marketing and operations. His most recent book, The Boomer Generation Diet (available on Amazon) profiles his humorous personal story on how he used sustainable best practices to lose 40 pounds and still enjoy Happy Hour!