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A Greener Charlottesville: Green Holiday Gifts

By: Myles Henderson Email
By: Myles Henderson Email

If you still have a few names left on your Christmas list, instead of spending hours searching through the mall or the big department stores just to get another so so gift, this year try going green by going local.

Since late November, the east end of the Downtown Mall has been packed with local vendors every Saturday for the Holiday City Market. There you can find all sorts of gifts that are handmade... Elena Day a Holiday City Market Vendor says, "I make the boxwood wreath and then I usually just bring undecorated ones here and decorate them as i go along." "I hand make the candles myself, although my wife and kids to a lot to help me with the wrapping, the labeling. with the votives, my kids help me put the wicks in and put the little labels on the bottom and everything" says George Sellers another vendor at the Holiday City Market.

Gifts that are truly one of a kind... Mike Norman sells his wife's knitting at the Holiday City Market and says, "Like even on a simple scarf she's got so many different yarns build in together with it, that you actually get a scarf that nobody else is going to have"

Gifts made with a focus on quality... George Sellers adds, "These have the quality. A lot of these things out here have the quality. That's what it's all about, it's about the quality and sometimes you go to the mall and your not going to find the quality." All of these gifts are more ecofriendly because they are locally made and locally sold.

But even if you have all your gifts you can be greener by using recycled wrapping paper. Paper from whimsypress.com is made from 100% recycled paper. It looks, feels, and wraps just like traditional wrapping paper but is much better for the environment. Donna Mitchell from Whimsypress says, "it's always important to consider the environment and take steps to protect it. But the holidays bring a sense of giving, and doing something good for the environment is another way to give something back to the world."

If you want to be even more ecofriendly this year try wrapping your gifts with the newspaper comics or with a paper grocery bag. Not only will if save you money but you can let the kids decorate it and make gift wrapping a family event.


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