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A gift guide to help you buy less stuff — maybe even buy nothing — and give more joy

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We have spent countless hours organizing closets, sorting through cupboards and cleaning out garages and attics. Like lots of family and friends, we’re trying to waste less, reuse more and fix things when we can.

Why in the world would we just want to load our homes up with stuff again?

We don’t have to. Despite what pervasive advertisements tell us, you have options that don’t involve buying the same old sweaters, socks and sporting goods.

Our PIRG Education Fund consumer, zero waste and right to repair teams have put together 10 ideas for gifts that people will definitely use and appreciate, and, in some cases, will help create new memories. As an added bonus, they’re better for the environment than buying random stuff that’ll be used a handful of times and then get thrown out or end up in closets, cupboards, garages and attics.

Some of these gifts will take more effort, but you may enjoy giving it as much as the recipient enjoys getting it.

Buy less gift guide



Presenting the present

Once you decide on the gift, you as a giver can still get the vicarious thrill of your recipient’s joy. You just need to be creative in how you give it.

Read our blog post with ideas and tips.


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