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Create Memories, Not Garbage

Did you know that we typically generate 25% more garbage during the holiday season than any other time of the year?

This year we can change that! Here are some gift ideas and tips for the holiday season that will cut down on waste generation.

GIFT IDEAS – Give experiences

It may sound obvious, but some of the best gifts are personal. Think about interests and hobbies that your friends and families enjoy.

  • Know someone who wants to improve their health? Choose a pass to a fitness centre or one of the many local gyms…one near home or work.
  • A gift for busy parents? Dinner out -Purchase a gift certificate from their favorite restaurant and why not offer to babysit as well!
  • Take advantage of our local ski hills and cross country facilities.
    • Lift passes, ski or snowboarding lessons.
  • Friends or staff stressed out by the holidays? Treat them to a visit to the spa.
    • Massage, pedicure, or a facial; ask friends for recommendations.
  • Family member that can’t wait to see the next blockbuster movie? Get passes to the local theatre.
  • Choose passes to local museums and attractions. Go together. Visit for information on attractions in our region
  • Do you know a budding rock star? Consider giving music lessons this year.
  • Always had the urge to try your hand at watercolour painting or pottery? Check out community calendars to see who is offering classes in 2017.

GIFT IDEAS – Gifts that last

  • Go smaller. But better. Find a fabulous kitchen gadget that is simple, and will last. Skip those with batteries and breakable parts. A good set of knives, a durable cutting board.
  • Parents spend a lot of time sorting out toys and picking up broken bits. Choose simple toys that can be passed along. What was your favourite when you were eight years old?
  • Encourage a new sport. Soccer balls, skates, and skis last. Offer to play together
  • Find durable, handmade gifts at craft fairs.
  • New homeowner on your list? Plants, trees, floor refinishing? Ask them what they need.


  • Make decorations with family & friends – search online for Green Christmas Decorations.
  • Wander second hand stores for hidden treasures from Christmas past. 

AFTER THE HOLIDAYS - Tips for disposal

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