Green Holiday Tip #10: Spend Time, Not Money

The Environmental Center

Spent all your money but still have a few people on your list?  Try a different currency – time.

Having a birthday near Christmas, I remember a few years where I wished that my siblings would hang out with me on my birthday rather than spend time that day searching for a gift for me.  Often, time is better than money.  Here are some ideas of things to do for someone, or with someone, in lieu of a physical gift.  Time is the gift, and there’s no waste in that.

Do Something Nice FOR Someone

  • Repair or give their bike a tune-up.
  • Make handmade gifts.
  • Offer to babysit.
  • Build a bookshelf from reclaimed wood.
  • Surprise them with breakfast in bed.


Do Something Nice WITH Someone

  • Have a tea party.
  • Bake cookies.
  • Go sledding or xc skiing somewhere new.
  • String popcorn or cut out paper snowflakes.
  • Go for a nature walk in the woods.

What ideas do you have?

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