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Shopping with a conscience this holiday season

A little tree is just as festive as a big one.

A little tree is just as festive as a big one.

I’ve already written this month about feel good giving and shopping at opportunity shops.

Here are some other suggestions for shopping with a conscience from Jennifer Barbour on Good

What I really like about Jennifer’s suggestions, which are buy local; Buy fair trade; consider the environment / carbon footprint of your gifts; look for gifts that give back; give experiences (and to which I’d add a sixth give opportunity shops a go; is that they work no matter where you are in the world and for all income brackets.

One last thing I’d also add, is a suggestion from a friend who is the wife of a long time teacher. Instead of giving a teacher a gift this year, never mind the gifts, give the gift of experience, some of her suggestions, a promise to do homework next semester; to listen in class every day…It’s just a thought, it’s a gift that will benefit everyone involved.

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