Green Wedding Gift Alternatives
With the summer wedding season just around the corner, this is the time to think about gifts for important couples in our lives. The classic registry is a good place to start, but what more non-traditional options? If you’re shopping for eco-minded friends who don’t want bread machines from china, here are some thoughtful alternatives.
For food lovers: A CSA membership
Do the bride and groom love fresh, organic food? Consider gifting them a season’s worth of deliveries from a community-supported agriculture (CSA) business. They’ll enjoy farm-to-table ingredients week after week, and you’ll be supporting small, local producers with your investment. If a seasonal subscription is bigger than your budget will allow, team up with a few friends to cover the cost.
For creative couples: Unique gifts from Etsy
For one-of-a-kind wedding gifts, click around Etsy.com. The site features handmade and vintage items searchable by themes, colors, price range and any number of other options—even a quick search for eco-friendly wedding gifts uncovers a range of artwork, upcycled home goods and other thoughtful items sure to please the happy couple.
For nature lovers: A potted tree
Take the gift of flowers to the next level by purchasing a potted tree that can be grown outside or as a houseplant. From a dwarf citrus to a potted olive to a sturdy pine or maple starter, there are options suited to every climate and preference. Plus, it’s a gift that brings more natural beauty with each year of marriage.
For outdoor enthusiasts: A National Parks pass
The couple that plays together stays together, so encourage couples to enjoy the outdoors with an annual pass from the U.S. National Park Service (or the equivalent parks pass wherever you live). The 2017 “America The Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass” costs $80, and includes entrance to more than 2,000 parks and recreation areas managed by five federal agencies. The bonus? Proceeds help improve and enhance visitor recreation services across the country.
Green wedding gifts should be the norm.
Change the way you make purchasing decisions and look for more eco-conscious gifts to give. It doesn’t matter who you’re purchasing for, with a tiny bit of effort, you can find a product that’s made with sustainable and ecofriendly practices. As we approach wedding season, consider some of the gifts above, or leave some ideas below.d