Racking your brain to come up with gift ideas for loved ones during the holidays can be tricky. Why not give back to the earth and introduce family members and friends to more sustainable practices? This is especially important during a time of over-consumption.

Here are three ways to make stockings a little greener this season: 

For The Lover of Goodies

Try stainless steel straws, organic cotton produce bags and clothing, a new coffee mug or water bottle. Consider making a green theme, adding a variety of sustainable options for someone to use every day.

For The Cook

Give them the tools they need to really shine in the kitchen. Support a local farmer in your area even in the winter by purchasing organic honey, which is full of phytochemicals that can protect from free-radical damage. Beeswax products, such as candles, cosmetics and reusable food wraps, are unique gifts that have no harsh plastics or additives. Take it up a notch and inspire them to use less dairy-rich ingredients by adding in a shelf-stable alternative such as coconut oil to use while whipping up favourite recipes.

For The Adventurer

Eliminate gift-giving altogether and plan an activity that will bring you closer, leaving the gift wrap and bags at the door.

A great way to navigate this gift-giving time of year is to head to a local Canadian Health Food Association retailer to find a wide selection of natural and sustainable gift items to introduce to family and friends that are safe and chemical-free. Find your nearest location at chfa.ca.

Source: (NC)  www.newscanada.com

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