So many items end up on shelves and in drawers, collecting dust once their novelty has worn off. Next time you’d like to give a gift, consider giving something that can live on dust-free.
- Eco-friendly, reusable items. Items like canvas shopping bags, mesh produce bags, stainless steel straws, and collapsible silicone takeaway containers can be used anytime someone goes shopping or out to dinner.
- Charitable donation. From microfinance loan programs for small businesses in developing nations to local, grassroots projects, there are thousands of organizations trumpeting just as many issues. Find out what cause is important to the recipient of your gift and make a donation in his or her name.
- Intangible activities or lessons. Whether it’s music lessons or yoga classes, gifting the opportunity to learn or perfect a skill gives people the chance to grow personally in a meaningful way.