Enviro Giving – 5 Eco-Friendly Gifts for Friends or Colleagues

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Reusable Coffee Cups

For the office worker or avid coffee lover, a reusable coffee cup could be the very gift to put a smile on the recipient’s face. Every day, thousands of workers make their way into cafes, lured by the smell of a rich espresso or creamy chai latte to kick-start their day. However, armed with a throw-away coffee cup, they are contributing to the growing waste problem.

Every year, we are putting millions of throw-away coffee cups into landfill, without them ever having a chance of seeing a recycling plant. In fact, of the 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste produced since the 1950s, including those coffee cups, only nine percent has been reused in some way. By gifting your friend a reusable coffee cup, you may just be preventing thousands of additional coffee cups from ending up in tips too.

Vermicompost Bin

It might not be for the squirmish, but a worm farm is the perfect gift for the eco-minded friend with a green thumb. Once established with a colony worms, you can recycle your kitchen scraps and turn them into the most amazing fertilizer for the garden. Microorganisms from those worms even help your plants to become more resistant to pests and disease. Vermicompost bins are available in various sizes and are easy to maintain. Just add your food waste and let the worms do all the hard work. Your friend is sure to appreciate the option to reuse food scraps opposed to throwing them away.

Fabric Shopping Bags

Several governments around the world have taken a stand against single-use lightweight plastic bags. Many countries have chosen to ban them, while others have imposed taxes for their use. You can make a difference by gifting your friends and family with fabric shopping bags. There are so many styles and colors to choose from, and by giving them a reason to stop using plastic bags, they are no longer taking their share of non-renewable resources.

Recycled stationery

For something a bit more tactile that will be useful for home or office, consider a beautiful stationery set made from recycled materials. Often, these sets are specifically designed to be gifted and feature cardboard encompassed pens and recycled paper bound with recycled cardboard covers.

Handmade soap

Body wash gift sets have long been a favorite gift option for your nearest and dearest. However, did you know the products you choose could be harming the environment? While a decision was made to ban microbeads in the United States, there are still many countries that allow these environmentally harmful practices to continue.

If you want to make a difference and not support those manufacturers who still insist on using plastic, consider handmade soap. You can try your hand at making it yourself or purchase it from an eco-friendly or local supplier. When beautifully gift wrapped, it makes for the perfect gift.

Healing the planet begins with the decisions that we make every day. When you’re looking for eco-friendly gifts for friends or family, know that whatever decision you make, you’re doing your part for the environment. Consider any of these five options for the perfect environmentally friendly gift.

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How To Be A Gracious Recipient

The adage “It is better to give than to receive” holds so much truth.  There is this unexplainable purifying joy that washes over you when you are being generous. But what if you are the receiver? Of course receiving something from someone makes you happy and you can share that happiness to the gift giver by being a gracious recipient. So, how to be  one?

When you already have the item…
Sometimes you might receive a duplicate gift or three.  In this instance, don’t say anything other than “Thank you.” It is something that the giver thought of. You can just regift the item to someone else or if you know where it was bought, exchange it for a different item. In that case, the giver’s money and effort will not be wasted.

Money gift…
Be discreet. Keep the amount to yourself. There is no need to embarrass the receiver. He/She may have given you less than the others but in gift giving, there is no small or big amount.  Remember that it is the thought that counts.

Broken gift…
Sometimes you will receive a damaged gift like jewelry with lose gemstone beads or porcelain that is broken. When this happens, again, just keep it to yourself and don’t tell the gift giver. Who would gift you something that is broken anyway? It may have been damaged from the delivery. Just check (if it is possible) where it was purchased and know if it can be replaced by the store with a new one.

You don’t like the gift…
Don’t raise your eyebrows. The givers love buying presents but they love your reaction even more. They would be delighted to see your smile and appreciation. A big hug and/or kiss on the cheek can make the gifter ‘s day as well.

Make a list…
Note down who gave you what.  The list will serve as you reference when you are about to make your thank you notes. Why write thank you notes? It is because one act of kindness deserves another. Don’t you think so?

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Gifts from Mommy Clang – Bento Accessories

When I heard the voice of our new postman, my heart leaped and I had goose bumps. I already knew what it is about as I and RJ were waiting for it. Weee, I was right! It was a parcel from my very good online friend, Clarissa of Kizuna and Brilliant Days. I know Mommy Clang doesn’t want her gifts to be posted online but this is the second time I received gifts from her so it’s about time to disobey her. I want her to know how thankful I am. So what’s inside the parcel?

Bento accessories!!!

Bento Accessories

bento picks, bento sauce and condiments containers,
egg molders and a lunch box

Actually, I requested for it. That’s how barefaced I am. Lol! Seriously, when RJ saw Mommy Clang’s bento, she kept on bugging me to make bento for her school lunch. If you have no idea what bento is, you can check Mommy Clang’s bentou’s here, here, here and here. It’s hard to make bento without the needed tools so I asked Mommy Clang if she can buy for us then I’ll just pay her through paypal. But Mommy Clang is so generous that she sent it as birthday gifts for me and RJ. Teehee!

postcards
birthday wishes

birthday card, postcard for me, hello kitty postcard for RJ,
a note and birthday wishes from Mommy Clang

God is so good for giving me good and generous online friends. To you Mommy Clang, thank you very, very much from the bottom of our hearts. We hope to meet you and your family someday.

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Coolest Mom on Earth

I am going around about what to give my Mom this Mother’s Day. I became a good mother because of her. She instilled good values that served as my guide and led me to be a great Mother that I am and will be to RJ. And for that, I want to give her a special gift this Mother’s Day to show my appreciation and recognition for all the things she has done for me and my siblings.

Mom is the best mother one can have. She’s a good listener and very open-minded. We can share with her problems about money, kids, partners and even the very personal ones. Would you believe she gave me two sexy underwears before I get married? It’s not the usual wedding gifts mothers give to their daughters but it is Mom’s unique way of saying, “Hey, you can count on me about anything and everything.” Whenever we do something wrong, she doesn’t get upset. Instead, she is trying to help us in the most responsible and fairest way as possible. She is the coolest Mom on Earth!

Yes, all mothers brought children to this world but not all accepted the responsibilities that came along with it. All mothers provide their children with love and care but not all are willing to give up their career, their pleasures and full time like what Mom did. All mothers play and listen to their children but not all are as cool as my Mom. If there’s one best thing I have learned from her, it is how to become the best mother…that is why she deserves something special. Any gift suggestion?

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