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Green gifts for any occasion

Looking for a gift for the person who has everything? Think about giving an eco-friendly gift: one size fits all, no batteries or assembly required and other gift-givers will be green with envy that they didn’t think of it first.

“They say it is better to give than receive, but with a green gift, you get the best of both worlds,” says Mary Desjardins, Executive Director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. “Giving a green gift is another way to take your environmental awareness to a higher level. Not to mention, it’s one present that Canadians won’t have to re-gift.”

Here is a helpful list of environmentally friendly gift ideas for different occasions from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation:

  • Weddings – Instead of sending your guests home with a bottle of wine with your picture on it (they’ll feel bad about drinking it but funny about displaying it), use your big day as an occasion to make a big difference - donate to an environmental charity on behalf of your guests.
  • Children’s Birthdays – Most children have more toys than they can ever play with. If you are hosting a children’s birthday party ask for a donation to charity in lieu of gifts. Instead of a toy, give your child an experience they’ll remember forever. Take them camping and let them plant a tree to remember their first trip. They’ll discover an appreciation for nature as they watch the tree grow each year, and you won’t be tripping over action figures!
  • Mother’s Day – Don’t forget Mother Nature this Mother’s Day! Instead of ordering a bouquet to be delivered, skip the packaging and the emissions from the delivery truck – and give her something more personal. Take her out to brunch or pick flowers from your garden.
  • Baby Showers – They say we don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, but borrow it from our children. With this in mind, a baby shower is the perfect opportunity to give a gift that will help the earth.

To celebrate any of these occasions, you can make an e-gift donation at Your support will help fund grassroots environment and wildlife projects in communities across Canada.