Last minute non-consumer holiday gift ideas

If you’ve been trying to avoid the commercialism of the mall, but still find yourself with an unfinished gift list that you need to fill, I have a few last-minute ideas for you. Whether you’re a procrastinator extraordinaire, have people on your list who seem to already have everything, or have just been unusually busy, […]

Our Holiday Tree

This is our version of a holiday tree. If you celebrate Christmas, I wanted to talk about another alternative to a live cut tree or an artificial tree. I love Christmas trees, but since my husband isn’t quite as enthusiastic about them as I am, I was usually left with the task of buying and […]

Green and Frugal Gift Wrapping

These are some of my wrapped holiday gifts. A lot of them are for kids, so they’re not as elegant as they sometimes turn out. But it shows my three basic methods: recycled, and two different kinds of gift bags. I didn’t buy any wrapping paper, ribbons, bags, or even tags this year. In fact, […]

Pizza! Pizza! Pizza!

My husband makes great pizza. One of the gifts I wanted to give him this year was a pizza stone. But since I’m on The Compact, my task was to find one used. I was a little skeptical that I would succeed. I wasn’t going to buy one new if I couldn’t find one, I […]


A friend of mine told me about a great project they’re doing this year at her workplace. She works at a big company and has several coworkers to buy gifts for every year. It’s very stressful and time-consuming to figure out the best gifts for everyone and then run around after work shopping in crowded […]