Consider classy consumables for presents. It really makes people feel good to give gifts to people they love, even if they don’t need anything, and as much as some people protest, it’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t love receiving a thoughtful gift.
I’ve been telling Jon for years that I really don’t need any more stuff, particularly as gifts (ok, every few years a new ipod maybe…). This year he had the brilliant idea of getting me a box of chocolate covered fruit from Edible Arrangements for our anniversary. This is a gift that the whole family can enjoy, and when we’re done, we can recycle or reuse the box. We first discovered this company when our friend Lucy used arrangements of fruit on the tables at her wedding reception. It was classy, beautiful *and* delicious! They work on a franchise system and all products are assembled and delivered locally.
Last year for Christmas I put together a basket of gourmet foods from our local supermarket for my mother-in-law. They were things she loved, but not necessarily things she would normally splurge on. As a prize during the Energy Smackdown, we received a basket of local foods from Whole Foods. This was great because it raised our awareness to a number of local products we were not aware of as alternatives to our regular foods.
Another green-friendly gift idea is homemade gifts, but I think what I like most about this gift is that I don’t have to find a place to put it or store it and I don’t end up feeling guilty because I never use it!