Make the Holidays More About Sharing and Less About Stuff
This guest post was written by Lisa Gansky, CEO, co-founder and chairman of Ofoto, board member of Me Please, Squidoo, TasteBook, and Dos Margaritas, and author of The Mesh.
Yes. For so many of us, the holidays are nothing if not stressful. We worry about what gifts to give and how big a beating our checkbooks will take. We hate that we often aren't grateful for the stuff we receive. Our holiday spirit—the joy we find in playing, cooking, laughing, and cherishing family and friends—is lost in a mountain of discarded gift wrapping and a pile of empty boxes. What if you could introduce a friend to the perfect experience?
Perhaps a chance to learn to cook awesome Paella, unite with a group of local makers bearing tools, find yet undiscovered artists or connect with people who want to learn what your brother yearns to teach—Welcome to the Mesh Holiday Gift Guide, where access to local services and rich experiences will make you wanna say thanks all year long. Share the joy: Now go ahead, mesh up your holidays!
For Those Who Enjoy Good Eats
Boxsal: Need a hip and eco-happy gift for your foodie friend? Boxsals are an alternative basket for the perfect urban picnic. No assembly required. www.boxsal.com
For the Perpetual Traveler
EveryTrail: Traveling for the holidays? Track tour trip, and share your travel experiences on EveryTrail. From hiking to hang gliding, geocaching to cycling, EveryTrail has useful tips for every kind of adventure. www.everytrail.com
For the Daily Commuters
Getaround: Only use your car for weekend outings? Offset the cost of maintenance and insurance by renting it during the week. Getaround, the social car-share service, can help you do it safely. www.getaround.com
For Those Who Like to Get Dirty
Fab Lab Academy: You know someone who really wants to make things? Enroll her in this digital fabrication school in a country near you. Courses available in Barcelona, Amsterdam, Pune, Cleveland, San Diego, Nairobi, and Madrid. www.fabacademy.com
For Our Serious Growers (Kids!)
Peave. Love. Swap.: Help keep gently-used baby clothes and maternity wear out of landfills by gifting swapped goods to mamas and papas. www.peaceloveswap.com
For Foodies Who Like it Local
GrowFood: Make a gift to organic, small-scale farmers across the country: donate to GrowFood or sign up to volunteer on a member farm near you. How green is your thumb? www.growfood.org
Get more gift ideas with TreeHugger's Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Low-Impact Luxury for High-Impact Giving