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Easy Zero Waste Gift Ideas

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In many people’s minds, presents and consumerism are the same. You can’t separate one from the other!

Actually, you can. Here are a few ways to do it.


Experiences create memories that last a lifetime. Some experiences, like lessons, are useful for years to come.

  • Dance classes
  • Music lessons
  • Foreign language classes
  • Museum tickets
  • Concert tickets
  • Tickets to the ballet or orchestra
  • Ziplining gift cards
  • Massage gift cards

    Charitable Donations

    What cause does your loved one care about most? Whatever it is, there are bound to be numerous relevant non-profit organizations. Donate in your loved one’s name.

    Research charities before giving. Try to peruse each charity’s financials and see whether donations are being used appropriately.

    Turtles And Trees

    These gifts are charitable, but they have an added twist: The person you’re donating for can “adopt” and maybe even name something.

    Sea Turtle Adoption

    The Sea Turtle Conservancy allows each donor to “adopt” and name a sea turtle. The turtle will then be tagged. The STC posts online about beach sightings of adopted turtles.

    • Tree Adoption

      The Orangutan Project will plant a tree in Sumatra and send a certificate of adoption. The trees help reforest the natural habitat of orangutans.

      Adopt A Fish

      The World Animal Foundation allows you to choose among a variety of sea life when you adopt. Whether you pick sea sponges, sharks, starfish, barnacles, or something else, the WAF sends an adoption certificate and in-depth information about the chosen species.


      For a more tangible—and delicious—gift, make something tasty.