Reduce Expenses

Draw Names

Instead of giving a gift to everyone in the family, limit gifts to children and register or make lists of needs (money for sports or art classes, etc.).

Donate to a Charity

Change your current gift exchange to an event where everyone pitches money to donate to a charity.  Have everyone write down their favorite charity on a piece of paper and put it into a hat. Have someone draw a piece of paper from the hat to determine which charity will receive the donation.

More Green Ideas for the Holidays offers tips on how to stay greener with your holiday visitors and guests.