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By Wendy Gabriel

GREEN TIP:  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Through blustery winds and mountains of snow, hither and fro I go buying Christmas gifts for my husband, daughters, parents, grandparents, in-laws, sisters, nieces, nephews, friends, children of friends, soccer coaches, choir directors, and everyone else that is on my ever burgeoning list.  On top of that, I am trying desperately to remember my Reduce, Reuse, Recycle mantra.  No one makes it easy.  When I venture out into the retail meccas, I get this overwhelming urge to buy everything.  OK, calm down . . . breathe . . .

I found some great green gift ideas that might help someone else navigate during this crazy, hectic, magical season.

For the person in your life who embraces environmental sustainability, there are some biodegradable pens and cards at Clean Calgary Association.  As an added bonus the cards are embedded with seeds so when they are done being useful, they can be planted.

For teachers or coaches, etc. Plow & Hearth has some nice pewter ornaments you can purchase for a great cause.  For each ornament you buy they will plant a tree at “a site around the world where reforestation is needed.” They also plant two trees for every tree they use to make their catalogs.

A little bit of everything can be found at Our Green House.  Check out their great toys!

More fun, safe toys can be found at HearthSong and Magic CabinThese companies also plant two trees for every tree they use to produce their catalog.

Time-honored family traditions and a little slice of green living really can walk hand-in-hand during the holidays!

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